Weekly Five: Things to add to your summer bucket list


As of June 21, summer has officially begun; accordingly, here are a few ideas to add to any student’s summer bucket list.

1. Let the cool tunes of the Provo Rooftop Concert series help you chill out on any hot evening.

Provo puts on the Rooftop Concert Series the first Friday of every month from May to October. The series features local bands for free on top of the Central Bank parking terrace at the corner of 100 West and 100 North.

Jalenna Call, a 22-year-old senior from Hurley, N.M., majoring in family studies, has enjoyed going to the concert series in past summers.

“It’s free, and you can just go hang out with your friends; it’s really laid back, and (you can) listen to some good music,” Call said. “The atmosphere … is so fun. You bring a blanket, you bring food and you sit out.”

2. Bring popcorn, a blanket and some good friends to enjoy a fun movie in the park.

Movies in the park are a popular attraction outside during Utah summer evenings. There are many parks in Salt Lake County that host events like this, but luckily for poor college students, Rock Canyon Park hosts a free outdoor movie night every Monday in August.

3. Use the good weather to your advantage by going outside.

Utah is covered in either snow, rain, wind or a mix of all three much of the year. Take advantage of the beautiful weather by taking a refreshing hike in the mountains or fishing down by the lake or river.

Keaton Shoell, a 22-year-old sophomore from Sandy, studying information technology, loves the summer because of the great opportunities to go outside.

“River rafting, or floating the river, mountain biking — pretty much just get in the mountains,” Shoell said. “Just try something new and exciting.”

Jamie Fifield, an 18-year-old sophomore from Idaho Falls, studying sociology, agrees.

“(Do) outdoorsy stuff like hiking, taking vacations to the beach, to lakes … just be in water,” Fifield said.

4. Bury your nose in a good book.

Reading often takes time, and during the school year, most students barely have time to read the assigned readings, let alone any pleasure reads. Luckily, during the summer term, life is usually more relaxed, which leaves plenty of time to get caught up on all the good reads of the previous year.

Alexis Parker, a 20-year-old junior from Austin, Texas, majoring in microbiology, is looking forward to catching up on her favorite books.

“I’m trying to read more books this summer,” Parker said. “So I’m going to make it a goal to … go to the library and check out a book … It’s kind of fun because normally during the school year I don’t have time to read, or it takes away from my studies.”

5. Explore Utah Valley.

Utah Valley has many wonderful, free events this summer that are simply good, clean fun. Along with the July Fourth celebrations, there are also city festivals (like American Fork’s Steel Days) that have free or low-priced events that are perfect for college students out looking for a good time.

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