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30 Ways to Challenge the Teenage Stereotype

Ariel Abke
Ariel Abke

June 01, 2015

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I had a grin a mile wide on my face as I burst out of college for the last time. Summer! It’s here! Three whole months of freedom!

After a few days of celebratory relaxation, reality slapped me full in the face. Ariel, get a hold of yourself. Are you going to take it easy and let your summer slip by, or are you going to work hard and make a difference?

As college students, we’re expected to chill this summer. To hang out with friends, make money for the fall semester, and become intimately acquainted with the newest technological device. Making a difference isn’t on most Millennial’s radars.

Most college students don’t intentionally set out to waste their summers, but as Zig Ziglar said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” Let’s aim high – way above the status quo. Imagine the impact if every college student lived each day to the max, striving to make a difference that will last beyond the summer months. Now that’s a generation I would be proud to be a part of!

Here are 30 ways you can defy the Millennial stereotype and make a difference this summer!

Invest in Relationships

  • Go on a social media “fast” for a month and spend all that extra time doing something else on this list
  • Mentor someone younger than you – use this book for practical ideas
  • Handwrite a letter to someone
  • Choose one Random Act of Kindness to do every day
  • Spend time with the elderly. Make their day by reading to them, playing games, or doing crafts

Know What You Believe

  • Do a Bible study on a specific topic or book of the Bible
  • Study the Constitution
  • Take a worldview course – like this one or this one
  • Go on a prayer retreat; spend an afternoon or entire day alone with God
  • Memorize a book of the Bible

Spread the Gospel

Never Stop Learning

  • Start a small business or sell a product
  • Take a free online course
  • Find an internship or research one to sign up for in the fall
  • Learn a new skill. Cook for your family for a week, fix the neighbor’s car, or plant a garden
  • Volunteer in the area you’re majoring in to gain experience in your field
  • Read books that could change your perspective on life
  • Start learning a new language through Duolingo
  • Research investing and begin investing money for your future
  • Make a movie with friends
  • Interview an elderly person. Ask good questions like “What would you have done differently when you were my age?” or “What’s one habit you consider invaluable?”
  • Learn to code over the summer through lynda.com or Codecademy

Invest in Your Community

  • Serve at a soup kitchen or food pantry
  • Volunteer locally and get some friends to join you
  • Clean roadsides
  • Spruce up low-income housing developments

How will you make a difference this summer?

Ariel Abke
Ariel Abke

Ariel Abke is an Unbound student who is working on her BA in English. She loves natural living, the outdoors, working out, learning about Jesus, encouraging others in Him, and writing on her blog.

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