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Home Blog Choose Your Own Adventure: A Midsummer Day’s Dream

Choose Your Own Adventure: A Midsummer Day’s Dream

By Dave Meyer, History Faculty 08/02/2018
You drift blissfully on the current of a lazy summer day and your mind ponders the glories of cold lemonade, the happiness of some unstructured hours, and whether that guy/girl you have a crush on knows you exist. Thoughts continue and you consider favorite places, concerts in the future, great friends, math derivatives and factoring. Wait! Derivatives and factoring? This is summer, why are you thinking about math?

This is a quick reminder that using your brain in the off-season (summer time) is as important as dryland training is for a great ski winter. Here are a few tips for keeping yourself in intellectual shape in the summer months.

Think - Give your brain time to stretch. Take time to think deep and challenging thoughts. Drop down the rabbit holes that you don’t have time to explore with homework hanging over your head. Research those crazy ideas like can commercial planes fly on batteries to be more efficient. This is the chance to learn about what you really want to know.

Less Social Media, more social connection - Give your heart time to stretch. Staying in intellectual shape means seeing the way the world connects in large and small ways. Take time to connect with friends, family, and strangers. Have big conversations and actually listen to the ideas of others. Understanding how to include the perspectives of other people is key to an intellectually robust approach to the world.
Read! It is old fashioned and does not get an annual update like an iPhone but reading is a crucial activity for creating an informed mind. You don’t need to read a textbook for your brain to be learning. Genres from business news in the Wall Street Journal to poetry to fantasy/adventure engage your brain and help you grow.

Get Outside - whether you are actively kayaking a river or simply painting a watercolor of the landscape time outside does your brain good. Recent studies show that the outdoors recharges your energy, calms your anxieties, and inspires your creativity. All of this means getting out of the house will leave you more ready to learn in the fall.

You don’t need to spend the summer on standardized test prep to keep your intellect in shape. Occasionally rise from the hammock, turn off the Instagram alerts, and think, connect, read, and get outside. Your brain (and maybe your parents) will thank you in September.
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Home Blog Choose Your Own Adventure: A Midsummer Day’s Dream

Choose Your Own Adventure: A Midsummer Day’s Dream

By Dave Meyer, History Faculty 08/02/2018
You drift blissfully on the current of a lazy summer day and your mind ponders the glories of cold lemonade, the happiness of some unstructured hours, and whether that guy/girl you have a crush on knows you exist. Thoughts continue and you consider favorite places, concerts in the future, great friends, math derivatives and factoring. Wait! Derivatives and factoring? This is summer, why are you thinking about math?

This is a quick reminder that using your brain in the off-season (summer time) is as important as dryland training is for a great ski winter. Here are a few tips for keeping yourself in intellectual shape in the summer months.

Think - Give your brain time to stretch. Take time to think deep and challenging thoughts. Drop down the rabbit holes that you don’t have time to explore with homework hanging over your head. Research those crazy ideas like can commercial planes fly on batteries to be more efficient. This is the chance to learn about what you really want to know.

Less Social Media, more social connection - Give your heart time to stretch. Staying in intellectual shape means seeing the way the world connects in large and small ways. Take time to connect with friends, family, and strangers. Have big conversations and actually listen to the ideas of others. Understanding how to include the perspectives of other people is key to an intellectually robust approach to the world.
Read! It is old fashioned and does not get an annual update like an iPhone but reading is a crucial activity for creating an informed mind. You don’t need to read a textbook for your brain to be learning. Genres from business news in the Wall Street Journal to poetry to fantasy/adventure engage your brain and help you grow.

Get Outside - whether you are actively kayaking a river or simply painting a watercolor of the landscape time outside does your brain good. Recent studies show that the outdoors recharges your energy, calms your anxieties, and inspires your creativity. All of this means getting out of the house will leave you more ready to learn in the fall.

You don’t need to spend the summer on standardized test prep to keep your intellect in shape. Occasionally rise from the hammock, turn off the Instagram alerts, and think, connect, read, and get outside. Your brain (and maybe your parents) will thank you in September.
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