Summer Expectations vs. Reality

Every year before summer rolls around many of us have high expectations on how we think the season is going to go. However, once summer break starts a lot of us won’t do more than eat, binge Netflix latest updates, and sleep (a lot). The following is a list of the five top expectations we have during summer and what we actually end up doing.



During the school term, there are college parties almost every single weekend, and many people think that party lifestyle will only get better once summer starts. However, in reality the only “parties” most of us will see during summer break are the family functions our parents force us to go to.

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Summer Tip: If you can’t find the summer moves you’re looking for then create them yourself! It takes little to no energy to invite your friends over for a swim, or throw a small/simple kickback to catch up with your at-home squad.


Working Out:

Because we are busy with classes, studying, and other academic aspects of college life, working out can take a back seat during the school year. Summer break is a time we all say “I’m getting in shape!” Many of us plan to work out extra hard and transform our bodies to the ultimate glow up during the break. Let’s be honest though; the only working out most college students will do this summer are the amount of steps it takes to get from our bed to the fridge.

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Summer Tip: Your summer work our routine doesn’t have to be anything crazy! A simple 30 minute walk around your neighborhood, in addition to cutting back on junk food, is enough to see fitness results.


Love Life:

It may be because we watch way to many romantic comedies on Netflix, but for some reason, we convince ourselves every summer break that we will have a summer romance. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few of us who do find a cute summer boo, but for majority of us, the only summer fling we will experience is the one we see while watching How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

Summer Tip: dating apps aren’t just meant for your college life but they can also work wonders for your home life as well. Don’t be afraid to check tinder (or other dating apps) while home this summer break.



Summer is meant for exploring and having new fun adventures, and that’s what many of us plan on doing. Sadly, however once we start our summer break we aren’t as adventurous as we thought we would be. Instead of embracing the new exciting opportunities that pop up during the break, many people will make tons of excuses as to why they can’t partake in the adventures at hand.

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Summer Tip: Unless your life is in danger (or it’s against your morals) try NOT to say no when invited out somewhere! You can always sleep, now is the time to create life-lasting memories. Also, don’t be afraid to explore your home town by yourself. No matter how long you have lived there, I promise there’s still ton of new adventures you have yet to experience right in your own backyard. 


I’m Grown Now:

During the school year we all get use to doing what we want, when we want too. We don’t answer to anyone but ourselves and can stay out as long as we desire. Many college students may (especially those just completing their first year) think that going to college will mean their parents now sees them as full functioning adults. In reality however, that is a bold face lie! Coming back home for summer break means coming back to the same old rules you have before you left. Your parents will want to know where you’re going, who with, and what time you will be returning. It’s important to know that despite your expectations, college isn’t the end to hearing the famous old questions; “why all them dishes in my sink?!”

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Summer Tip: For your parents Adult hood doesn’t come with an age but instead by your actions showing them you have grown and matured. This summer break try to do things around the house without being asked too. Also, remember that you’re parents aren’t asking you 50 questions before you leave the house to irritate you but instead because they love you and want to make sure you’ll be safe.


A major key to making sure your summer is what you desire it to be is to write it down and make a plan of all the things you want to do! Expectations will never become a reality unless you do more than wish. You have to actively work to turn not only this summer, but your life into your wildest dreams!

Twila-Amoure McDaniel49 Posts

Twila-Amoure McDaniel is a college student who is majoring in both communications and film studies. When she isn't in class she is more than likely somewhere making videos for her YouTube channel. Her passions include writing, art, and film-making and she currently has plans on going into the film industry. Twila-Amoure does have crohn's disease, however she is very determined not to allow that to stop her from achieving all of her goals in life. Be sure to follow her on all on her social media platforms @TwilaAmoure and feel free to browse through Campus Lately for more of her work.


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