The end is nigh; the end of the semester, that is. Although shouts of joy and sighs of stress relief will be heard across campuses nationwide, the end of the academic year can be melancholy, in a way. After reading that sentence, you are probably ready to proclaim insanity, but there is sadness that culminates right before saying hello to summer. This sadness comes from saying good-bye to newfound friends, especially those who live out of state or too far away for weekend visits. There is no doubt that you can survive a summer without your friends, but there is no harm in having a few last hurrahs before the semester concludes.
1. Last Supper at Your Dining Hall of Choice
After a semester worth of poor eating, the dining hall may seem like the last option you want to take. However, a final dinner at the cafeteria can be symbolic, especially if you’re axing your meal plan next semester. Many of us made some great friends in the dining hall during the first few weeks of school because we didn’t want to eat alone. Eating with all of your friends one last time before summer can be just the right amount of nostalgia.
2. Pull an All-Nighter
This may sound like the worst idea ever, considering the ridiculous amount of hours you’re already spending studying, but staying up all night (for one night) with your friends can be pretty amazing. A night full of philosophical chats, midnight snacks, and watching the sun comes up sounds like the perfect equation for a night you won’t forget.
3. Make an Effort to Make-up
So you might have had a friend that you were very chummy with last semester, but due to schedules or misconstrued communications, you and this person might have fallen off the friend-ship (get it?) It’s not to late to get a few words in and most importantly, part ways on a good foot. You never know what next semester might bring!
4. Go Look at the Stars
This may sound cheesy, but many universities allow students on the football field at night to look at the stars. You have to do some kind of summer activity before you and your friend part ways. And what is more quintessentially summer than looking at a clear, summer sky?
5. Study Together
Crazy, right? Finals week can make everyone feel out of sorts and disconnected, but if you get a group of friends together, it doesn’t seem as daunting! Plus, this way you can spend a few extra minutes hanging out together and not feel guilty about it (just don’t let too many Netflix breaks slip in).
6. One on One
Group hangs can be awesome, but if a friend is leaving town soon for the summer, make an effort to have one last adventure together. It’s easy to forget how much fun it is to hang out with a singular person, rather than losing yourself in a group. Even if it’s just binge-watching a favorite TV show together, it’s better than nothing (and better than studying for finals, to be honest).
7. Help a Friend Move Out
It’s likely one of your friends will have a better exam schedule than you and end up getting to leave a few days before you even start packing. Make an effort to go tape some boxes and give their parents a helping hand. It will give you a few extra minutes with a friend you won’t see until the fall and will also give you a chance to meet your friend’s parents.
8. Make Plans
As impossible as it seems, visiting a far away friend isn’t that impossible. Amtrak offers student discounts and if you look early, you can book a cheap plane ticket for a weekend. If you simply cannot live without your newest best friend for the summer, you don’t have to!