It’s Sunday, and the beginning of the second full week of June. Bleary-eyed, I wake up a good half hour before my alarm and maintain enough consciousness to turn it off, knowing that I won’t need it after getting up so early. I turn a little bit in my bed before…contemplating going back to sleep. (I nearly slept again after that, but hey, it was also 1 in the afternoon.)
You might have thought that, as an MIT student, I could find plenty of things to keep me occupied today, and all of these urgent reasons to get started with them. Sure, I could do stuff, but today I don’t feel like doing anything. I just wanna lay in my bed.
Yes, I’m practically living the Bruno Mars life right now, only I’m working toward a college degree (whenever I’m not lazy) instead of making millions of dollars by already having musical talent.
Oh look, an embedded music video!
I had many, many, many lazy days as a rising freshman about to enter college. I even gave them names out of affection: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The only reason Saturday and Sunday weren’t included was because I worked a combined 15 hours each weekend. The only exception I make to unbridled laziness is making enough money to make me happy.
But hey, don’t get me wrong – you can do a lot of other things in the summer before you matriculate to MIT, like…
- Take an actual vacation, be it out of state or somewhere else that’s in or out of town.
- Head to the beach.
- Get tan! (Or get a sunburn, whatever happens to apply to you.)
- Catch up with your friends and just hang out.
- Eat some ice cream. If you can, take on the Vermonster.
- Watch a dozen or so movies. Hint: they re-releasing the Lord of the Rings movies.
- Eat Chipotle (instead of Anna’s) (on the daily, if at all possible).
- Play Frisbee! (And avoid Frisbee-related injuries).
- Hit up some graduation parties and enjoy time with your fellow graduates.
- Jam out with some musical friends.
- Relax in a Jacuzzi and pretend to be incredibly rich (or, alternatively, be incredibly rich, if that describes you).
- Go swimming! (Or pretend that you know how, if you were me last summer).
- Play manhunt in the dead of night in an area of your neighborhood filled with trees.
- Subsequently wonder how it is that you never managed to get lost in the dark.
- Credit your innate sense of direction before realizing that you opened up Google Maps on your cell phone.
- Sleep in late…
- …for more than 10 hours…
- …or for more than 12.
Yep, no need to do anything serious.
I did a bunch of these things in the summer before matriculating (especially the sleeping part!), and it was one of the better decisions that I made. I figured I had already worked hard in the last four years, so why should I put in more time to do more crazy things? To put it another way: what was three months of not doing anything going to do to my admission to MIT?
Turns out the answer to that last question sounded pretty good to me: three months of nothing wasn’t going to change things in the slightest. You might as well just play it by ear and do whatever you like for a while.
So, to the incoming freshmen: enjoy your downtime. If you’ve already managed to book yourself silly with commitments, well, whoops. If not, then just kick back and relax! You deserved it.