Bucket List for the End of Summer

By Shakeitha Graham on August 6, 2017

It is nearing the end of summer and it’s time to head back to school or start another set of classes for those of us who were in summer school. There is a short amount of time for us to enjoy ourselves before we have to jump back into being a college student. What better way to end our summer than to cross things off the bucket list we have all created at some point in our lives?

Here are a few ideas to have on your end of summer bucket list.


We all have a list of places we want to travel to someday. We’ve all dreamed of just hopping in the car, on the bus or train or on an airplane and going somewhere exotic. We’ve dreamed of walking around in Times Square, taking pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower, and going snorkeling in the clear blue waters of Jamaica. Why not spend a few days in a city you’ve always dreamed of going to?

Go ahead and pack your bags, grab your passport and ID, and book a trip to that magical place you always wanted to visit. Go on a last minute vacation before the summer is over. Follow the sunset to that exotic place on your bucket list.

Carnival/Festival Hopping

It is okay if you don’t have the means to travel. College is very expensive and you need to save all the money you can for school. There are still so many fun things to do right at home or in the city (or surrounding areas) of the college you’re attending. Summer is the season of carnivals and festivals.

Carnivals are known for great food, music, diverse people, and cultural celebrations. You can find some carnivals/festivals in your area to attend. Connect with your friends and go carnival-hopping! You can dance all night, eat great food, learn about different cultures, and just enjoy yourself before you have to go back to school. Then you can check carnival-hopping off your bucket list.

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Road Tripping

Jumping in the car with your friends and riding somewhere can be so freeing and fun filled. There may be cities that you want to explore in your area or cities in other areas that you want to explore. Why not fill the car with gas and take a road trip? You and your friends can pick a few different locations you want to visit or you can travel alone.

I would start with three cities that are filled with attractions. Pack a small bag and go! Make sure to take a Polaroid camera to take some pictures to have some memories. Also, take some time away from behind the lens and take everything in. Give yourself the opportunity to enjoy each city and what it has to offer; meet new people, visit landmarks, eat amazing food, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. You can make things even more fun by using a map instead of GPS. Make a game out of it to spice things up! Go ahead! Jump in your car and cruise through the beautiful cities you have on your bucket list.

There are so many other things you can add to your bucket list to do before the summer is over. If you are adventurous and spontaneous you can go sky diving, parasailing, zip lining, white water rafting, tubing, and hiking up a mountain amongst other things. If you are a low key person you can go to museums, famous zoos, see your favorite Broadway show, tour your favorite city, and so on.

The things you can have on your bucket list are limitless. It’s all about what you would enjoy doing outside of your normal routine. So go on! Be spontaneous before it’s time to go back to school. You deserve to have fun sometimes because being a college student is hard work. That’s why you should enjoy yourself as much as you can. What are you waiting for?

I am a creative writing and English student at Southern New Hampshire University. I live in a small town in South Carolina with my parents and siblings. I am an introvert who enjoys socializing virtually. I love writing poetry and short stories. I aspire to be a successful published author in the near future.

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