School starts soon.
As in, it starts in like five minutes, if you haven’t gone back already. And while, yes, the first few days of school are so exciting (namely to see if that guy you’ve been ogling at since freshman year will be in any of your classes this year), there are few things as sad as the last few days of summer.
But instead of mourning the loss of #summer2016, live it up while you still can! Here are six ways to make those last days of summer count.
1. Spend an entire day by the pool or at the beach.
Since that’s what you’ll miss most when you’re sitting in second period, trying to focus on parabolas and hyperbolas. (Don’t forget the sunscreen!)
2. Go to the movies with your friends.
Because we all know that as soon as school and dance kick back up, there won’t be many Friday nights at the movies. It doesn’t even matter what you see, just stock up on your favorite candy and hit the theater. #icantihavedance
3. Take a one-day staycation.
You don’t need to go out to have fun and chill out. Spend an entire day doing whatever you want. Maybe that means going for a run with your dog and then parking your butt on the couch for a full day of Netflixing. Maybe it means hosting a dinner party with the classmates you won’t see much of once dance starts. Or maybe it means convincing your mom to spend a few hours getting massages, manicures, and pedicures. Whatever it means to you to indulge, do it, and don’t feel guilty. The productivity and to-do lists can wait.
4. Catch the sunrise or sunset — or both!
Bonus points for getting Insta-worthy shots of each.
5. Call your grandparents.
Before you get too busy, pick up the phone and see what Grandma and Grandpa have been up to. You know it’s only a matter of time before you’re “too busy” to call, so check in now and see what’s new on the family tree.
6. Enjoy some live entertainment.
Go to a concert — either a big one or a small local one — or hit up a sports game. Hate baseball and don’t really care about soccer? Go for the food! There’s nothing like a ballpark burger or hot dog to really remind you that it’s still summer. (The healthy eating can kick back in once classes start.)