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Journalism final

Here are my Do's and Don'ts for having a wonderful and memorable Summer!

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Journalism final

  1. 1. Tips for Your Summer! By: Jamie Porter
  2. 2. There are many things that you can do this Summer, but more importantly, there are many ways you SHOULDN’T waste your Summer. Avoid these 5 main problems for an enjoyous Summer break! The Top 5 Things You Should Avoid Doing This Summer...
  3. 3. 5. Life? What Life? All I know is Internet One thing you MUST avoid this summer is being sucked into the uncontrollable addiction, that is the Internet. I know that the Internet is fun. Whether roaming through YouTube for a funny video to show your friends or spending an entire afternoon on Reddit, it is an entertainment that offers bundles of fun for hours. However, make sure you don’t waste all of your summer on it. There’s a whole place to enjoy summer, that’s outside! Enjoy the fresh air outside, not the fresh air on Sims 3!
  4. 4. 4. Exercise Now, I know this is very contradictory to every doctor, coach, and mom out there, but don’t spend your summer fretting about exercising. Sure exercise is important and it is a known fact that it does actually make you feel better, but if you spend every single minute of your life worried about how many miles you ran or whether you biked far enough, you won’t be spending your time, and especially your summer, wisely. I suggest exercising here and there so you feel better, but don’t stress out about what shape you are in, because all shapes are the same to me!
  5. 5. 3. Getting Sunburned Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Wait, I mean: Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen! There’s nothing worse than spending your summer wincing in pain as your sore and red back is peeling like an onion. Summer is meant for outside, and you SHOULD go outside, but make sure you put on ounces on Sunscreen before you do. According to The Weather Outlook for the Summer of 2014, this Summer is supposed to be hotter than normal, especially in June and July. So, if you are planning on going on outside, and especially if you are uber fair-skinned like me, remember to put on Sunscreen! Because there’s nothing worse than spending your summer as a tomato!
  6. 6. 2. Watching GSN 24/7 Even though the Game Show Network may be a popular destination for our grandparents and elderly relatives, it should not be one for us. The Game Show Network, GSN, is an addicting, vortex of a television show and if one is not careful, it could take up one’s day, and maybe even whole summer. Sure, it may be hard to say “no” to watching some lady win a red sports convertible that you wish you could own or it may be hard to look away from Bob Barker’s award-winning smile, but that is a battle we must fight, because if we are not careful, The GSN will become our life!
  7. 7. 1. Eating Nachos Every Day Don’t do this. I don’t care how depressing or hopeless your life may seem at the moment, eating Nachos for your whole Summer is not the glorious cure. If you are in the mood for a quick snack or yummy lunch, go out on the town and experience some different and unique cuisine, not Nachos. You are an energetic teenager with the capability to venture downtown and taste and smell delicious foods, you are not a 40 year old man watching day- time soap operas, so do not resort to this gluttoning meal. And to end on a light-hearted joke, “What do you call cheese that isn’t yours?” “Nacho Cheese!”
  8. 8. The Top 5 Things You Should Do This Summer… “What did you do this Summer?” If you wish to avoid answering this commonly asked question with a stupid answer, and want to answer with one that conveys how much fun you had, do these 5 things for a stupendous Summer Break!
  9. 9. 5. Sleep Sleep is important and crucial to one’s health. According to The National Sleep Foundation, “Teens need about 9 1/4 hours of sleep each night to function best (for some, 8 1/2 hours is enough). Most teens do not get enough sleep — one study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights.” I know it is hard to have a regular sleep pattern, especially during the summer when all you want to do is stay up late and sleep in, and sure that’s acceptable, but just make sure you do it with consistency and get plenty of sleep. Because there is nothing more wasteful of your summer, than being sleep deprived!
  10. 10. 4. Watch Movies Movies are a gateway to whole other world. The tell a story at the ease of a button, and all you have to do is sit there. What sounds better than that!? Sure the new movie with a shirtless Zac Efron may sound appealing, and I am not saying it isn’t, but there are so many other great movies that you must watch this summer. If you are confused on where to find a list of such great movies to watch, you can follow the link: This website will give you the 100 greatest movies ever made, so you can enjoy your movie- filled-summer!
  11. 11. 3. Make Money If there is one thing that goes hand-in-hand with being a teenager, its spending money. Whether its spending your own, your mom’s, or some cash from a birthday card that you got from your grandma; spending money is a common key to having a fun and adventure full Summer. However, the problem with money is that it eventually runs out. And what’s worse than going out to a movie with your friends and then ending up not having enough for a ticket or a lousy snack? So, to avoid this uncomfortable occurrence, find a way to earn money this summer. And the nice thing about earning money is that there are a ton of ways to do it, and you don’t necessarily even need a job. You could baby-sit, mow a neighbor’s lawn, or dog sit for a weekend, because money is essential to a happy summer! And contrary to Biggie Small’s rap lyrics, “More Money, More Problems” is not true!
  12. 12. 2. Hang Out With Friends Spend your summer enjoying your friends. Hang out with them, invite them over, or go out with them! Friends are key to a happy and successful relationships with others and a happy life. According to, “There are many perks of friendship include sharpening your mind, making you generally happier, knowing yourself better, and and living a longer and healthier life.” Even though you may see your friends every day at school, hanging with them outside of the school setting gives you the opportunity to become better friends with them on a whole other level. Hang you with your friends this summer, do some fun things, and who knows, you may even gain some new relationships!
  13. 13. 1. RELAX! I don’t think I can emphasize this point enough, RELAX this summer! Enjoy your time off, because before you know it, your coveted Summers will vanish. The school year is meant for stressing out about what you need to do and what you haven’t done, not Summer. According to, “Unmanaged stress can lead to an increased risk of both mental & physical problems, such as infection, illness, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, as well as depressive and anxiety disorders.” Take this summer to put your feet up, smell the roses, and most importantly, RELAX!
  14. 14. Thanks for Listening!