Summer School For Adults

Summer school isn't just for kids! It's a great time for adults of all ages to take a class or try a new hobby. Offerings at local colleges and community centers tend to expand during the summer months along with interest, so there's no better time to exercise your mind and/or body.

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Whether you have a summer vacation or not, the days are longer and maybe you have summer Fridays or a few long weekends to take advantage of the time. While there's nothing wrong with being a beach bum, why not do something to improve yourself this summer? Here are a few suggestions:

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Take a class

In the summer months every kind of school opens its doors and offers a wide range of classes for every interest. Now is a great time to finally learn French, practice your acting skills, get an intro to photography or become acquainted with conflict resolution. Depending on where you live, you should be able to find classes that last anywhere from a few hours to a few months to suit your schedule.

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We often try to get in shape for the summer, but this year consider getting into a program that will last all year long. Try a variety of classes and activities, from yoga to Zumba, from kickboxing to jiujitsu and from hiking to kayaking. If you find one that you really enjoy, chances are you'll be more likely to stick with it.

Get a hobby

Summer is the ultimate time to pick up a hobby. Pick up gardening in your backyard or windowsill, get into scrapbooking or begin looking into your family history. There's a hobby out there for every personality, and they say that people with active hobbies live longer!

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Volunteer

There are other ways to improve yourself besides spending time on yourself. Find a cause that is meaningful to you and could use help, like a local soup kitchen or a big sister program, and get involved. You'll be amazed at how much helping others will help yourself.

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Travel

Obviously travel is on the top of everyone's list for summer, but it's also a great way to improve yourself. Whether you visit the next town or a foreign country, be open to new experiences and willing to do things outside your comfort zone. If you can't get away, explore the place where you live and try to find new, interesting places or facts about it.

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Comments on "5 Ways to improve yourself this summer"

Hannah June 13, 2012 | 10:21 AM

These are all good ideas! I want to take piano lessons and exercise more this summer. No better time I believe.

Mark June 11, 2012 | 12:01 PM

I read self-help books as a way to improve myself, but sometimes getting out there in the world and absorbing all the energy that exists in various places is the best remedy for achieving inner peace and happiness. Taking a class, traveling or picking up a hobby can be a healthy distraction from the constant daily routines of work, school and errands. What a better time to embark on a self-actualizing journey than during summer when the weather is nice and the air and colors are vibrant!

Gabby June 09, 2012 | 8:16 PM

This is great, as I have spent this summer so far picking up new hobbies and exercise since these are all things I wanted to do desperately but never had the time to add in during busy work and school hours the last nine months. This month alone, I have made my own calendar for working out, catch up on all shows/movies I’ve been dying to see and almost finished three book series I’ve been wanting to read! What’s more accomplishing is the feeling of cleaning out my entire room! My family has recently opened up an ebay account and has sold everything from old running shoes to cocktail dresses. It felt so great to go through all my drawers and closet space to clear out all shoes/purses/clothing and others that I haven’t used within the last year. I even found things I never knew I had before! I really hope to travel to the LA area as well as the east coast. I would suggest to all in making a list of maybe the top 20 things you want to accomplish this summer! It’s a great motivator!

Becca June 09, 2012 | 12:46 PM

What a great time to do something for yourself! It's never too late to try out a new hobby or pick up a workout routine. Doing things for yourself will make you a better partner and parent. If you're not healthy and happy, how can you expect to be happy with those you love.

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