Never Not Learning: 5 Ways to Expand Your Knowledge Over Summer Break

School is OUT. You’re graciously remembering walking across that stage after four years of hard work through undergrad, as you hang up the cap and gown; now a bittersweet souvenir.

Or maybe this was the last time you’d walk the halls of your best teenage years, within high school, homecomings, prom and college searches coming to an end as you prepare for the next step in your life.

We use summer to relax, catch up on old times with good friends, take up an internship, or set sea on a cruise out the country. But as much as we enjoy releasing from the workload that consumed our time weeks prior, it’s important to stay on top of the game even when you’re not catching knowledge in the classroom.

Kontrol has created 5 ways for you to relax your mind in a more intellectual way this summer. Here’s how you can go big or small with turning fun in the sun activities and any experience, into a beneficial learning one.

Reading is (Fun)da(mental)

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We get it. You just finished reading multiple chapters to the books you spent a couple hundred on, and would prefer to not see another page for a while. But that doesn’t mean you have to completely put down the page turners, when there’s books on any and everything to enhance your curiosity. If you want motivation, dive into the self-help and care section of your book store, or if you’re here for the fictional drama, get into some young adult novels. Who knows, maybe you’ll spark up some inspiration for your own story to tell, and work on throughout the heated days.

Conferences

Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay speaking at the Producer Guild of America’s Produced By conference, 2017 Photo/Courtesy of PGA

If I could attend conferences throughout the entire year without dedicating my time to anything else, I would be completely fine with just that.

Conferences and conventions are a perfect way to peak your interests, get into insightful conversations, and get handed wisdom by those who enjoy the exact same thing. Not only will you possibly get the opportunity to see your favorite entertainer, writer, or philanthropist speak, but you’ll leave each session with a different mindset, and will power to share what you learned from the opportunity with others.

Seriously, there’s literally a conference/convention for everything (journalism, music, fashion, art, comics, engineering, etc.)

 Journaling

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Use each adventure, opportunity, and experience and document it for future references, and more importantly, beneficial memories this summer.

Journals can be used in many different ways. If you want to keep up with you scheduling and distinguishing date/hangout nights, with work and interning, or if you simply want to write down what made your day good, or bad.

Either way, this gives you an opportunity to reflect on everything around you, who you are, and everything that’s guiding you into what you’re working toward, to empower who you’ll be.

Travel Outside Normal Boundaries

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

No, going to the local hangout or driving two hours to the closest beach from home, is not expanding your horizons of everything the world has to offer.

I’m not saying spend a grip on a trip oversees, unless the bag is secured and that’s what you want to do. I suggest stepping out of your comfort zone and into a new unknown, to take in the informational tours and museums filled with what our history books didn’t teach us the past school year.

Take advantage of the many places you have access too, and grasp on to the open opportunity to learn something or someone new.

Take in the Presence of People

Penn State University “Th e Underground”

Sometimes the release to your brightest ideas and questions unanswered, are standing right in front of you; we’re just too prideful to approach them.

Nothing is better than catching a bite to eat, or maybe gathering around with a group of your closest friends, for a picnic in the park, and some general societal and life discussion.

I’m talking no phones, or interruptions of the authentic communication and valuable time consuming one another. Just the wisdom and tough love, from one loving friend to another, with the goal of becoming better.

Diamond Jones

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Diamond Jones, 21, is a St.Louis native, born on the west side of Detroit. She is currently a junior, studying Journalism, with a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her writing reaches to audiences everywhere, directing it toward the empowerement and excellence of black people and their accomplishments. She has written for The Daily Egyptian, LoveThisTrackTV, Georgia State’s The Signal and the National Association of Black Journalists, which she is a dedicated member of. She hopes to continue to inspire those through her words and make those who feel underrepresented, see their light.