Summer temperatures inspire summertime activities and preparation

Hanging upside down like a bat, Madeline Krous spends time outside as temperatures rise above 70 making it feel like summer on Duvall Hall’s side lawn.

Chanelle Eddy, 3/8/16

As temperatures reach over 70 degrees, students and teachers alike take in the summer air by enjoying summertime activities during their free time.

With only six weeks left in the school year, students are planning and preparing for what they are going to do with their time over the summer many students will be volunteering, relaxing or going on trips. As you walk around campus you can see students practicing their Frisbee tosses and spike ball hits. You can also see them lounging around in hammocks or sprawled out on the grass soaking in the summer sun.

Freshman business major Madeline Krous has spent many summers at the Disney Parks. “I’m going on vacation with my family to Disney World and Disneyland,” said Krous. “I enjoy spending time with my family, and Disney is a fun place to do that because I love Disney and it’s my happy place. It’s hard to describe. I just really like Disney World. It feels like a second home.”

As student loans pile up, students use the summer as a time to make money while not having to worry about course work. Krous is going to be working full-time (40 hours a week) at Cashmere Valley Bank in her hometown of Wenatchee, WA. If you’re looking for a summer job, Forbes’s article “5 Best Summer Jobs For College Students… Deconstructed” might give you an idea of where to start looking.

Activities

From farmer markets to lakes and rivers, you can check out Visit Spokane for ideas of what to do with all your free time if you’re hanging around town for the summer. Popular places Whitworth students visit when it begins to warm up include Manito Park, the View (an overlook of Spokane on the south hill), Green Bluff and Riverside Park.

Here’s a challenge for you: try and check off all 50 activities on Real Simple’s “Fun Summer Activities Checklist.” The activities range from “having a barbecue” to “catch fireflies at night.” Maybe create a summer bucket list with your friends and see who can check off the most activities. Ready, set, go!

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