Some graduate students call the warmer months “summer break.” Others call them “summer semester.” Either way, everyone deserves a vacation from the stress of the regular school year. And no, zoning out to a marathon of your favorite Netflix series doesn’t count as a vacation—however tempting that may be.
We usually define “vacation” as a trip to somewhere far away, but you can find a mini-getaway in your own backyard (and save some money, too!). Whether it’s an adrenaline-spiking rollercoaster or a Sunday morning trip to the farmer’s market, getting out in the sun can make you more productive when it’s time to get back to work. Forget about the semantics of “summer break” vs. “summer semester”—let’s all take a “summer vacation.”