It’s the time that you and your fraternity brothers or sorority sisters have anxiously been awaiting. It’s summer break! No more all-nighter study sessions or last-minute edits to your essays, it’s time to enjoy the weather and give your brain a little break. While it’s important for you to let your mind rest a little, you don’t want to completely shut it down. If you don’t stay active mentally, it’s going to be tough to get back into the swing of things when the fall semester comes around.

In this post, we’ll be providing you with some tips to keep your brain active during your summer break. We’re sad to see some of you head back home but we’ll be right here for you with our unparalleled college catering services when you return! If you would like more information about our fraternity and sorority food catering company, or your chapter is in need of a Greek house chef when school starts back up, then go ahead and contact us today!

Put Your Nose in a Book

Yes, we understand that you’ve been reading a ridiculous amount of content during the school year, so if you’re not a big fan of reading, it’s not likely that you’ll be excited to get back into it. But now that you’re out of class, it doesn’t have to be academic papers during the summer! Instead, find something that really interests and entertains you —whether that be a science fiction novel, a popular series, fiction, comic book, what have you. The main thing is that you continue to read. There are so many benefits that come with it including enhanced memory, expanded vocabulary, stronger analytical thinking skills, better writing skills, and so much more. All of this will certainly help you when you’re back in class.

Write

Along with keeping your reading skills up to snuff, you’re going to want to keep your writing skills strong as well. In no way are we recommending that you write a novel (unless you want to, of course), but anything helps. Carry a journal around with you and write a little bit here and there. Whether it’s something funny that you witnessed, an inspirational thought, ideas for the future, etc. This will make it less difficult to get back into writing your essays in the fall.

Cut Down On Screen Time

In this day and age, it’s nearly impossible not to check our screens routinely. Smartphones are ubiquitous these days and are important to our day-to-day tasks. So we are not recommending that you cut your screen time completely, but instead, just be aware of the amount of time that you’re spending on it. Engage in interactions that are face-to-face, enjoy the beautiful outdoors, have some intriguing conversations with friends and even strangers. While our cell phones are certainly helpful, it’s not good for our brains to mindlessly swipe through social media for hours on end.

Get a Job or Internship

It’s important during your college time to help set yourself up for your future. Since you are part of the Greek life, you’ve already got an advantage. Why not start building up your resume? During your summer break, it’s a great idea to get a job or an internship. Not only will you be able to make a little bit of extra cash, but it will keep your mind going and will look great for future employers.

Take a Class

We’ve brought up the benefits of summer classes in a previous blog, so we won’t go in depth here, but taking a summer class will keep your brain active and you will also be earning credits so the beginning of the semester won’t be as stressful for you.

Learn to Cook

Of course we have to bring up food! Cooking is a great way to relax and it’s incredibly rewarding to eat something delicious that you made yourself. When you come back after the break, our fraternity and sorority chefs will even be able to give you some pointers!

If your chapter house is in need of turn-key kitchen solutions when school starts back up, make sure to contact Upper Crust Food Service today! We offer fresh and tasty meal plans through our college catering services.