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Fun things to do with friends before college

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Skylar and her friends at an ice skating rink.

Skylar and her friends at an ice skating rink.

Skylar Smith '18

Skylar Smith '18

Skylar and her friends at an ice skating rink.

Skylar Smith, Business Manager

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With senior year coming to a close, the class of 2018 will no longer be able to spend time with their friends everyday during school. Over the summer, it’s important to spend one’s final few months before college hanging out with friends and other loved ones. Here are a few ideas of fun things to do with friends before leaving for different universities.

  1. Going to an ice skating rink- When the daily temperature during summer is over 100 degrees, a rush of cold air is more than welcome. Ice skating is the perfect activity to experience a break from the massive heat, as well as to spend time with friends. The most ice rinks around the valley are AZ Ice and Ice Den. The vast majority of ice rinks cost less than $10 to rent skates, so this option is also very economical.
  2. Going to the aquarium- The OdySea aquarium is located in Scottsdale and is also another great way to escape the heat. This aquarium is the largest in the southwestern United States and has various special events occurring over summer. Though tickets can be expensive, the OdySea aquarium is a unique activity to do with friends.
  3. Hosting a movie marathon- This option is perfect for a relaxed day with friends. Choose a favorite movie franchise, such as Marvel or Harry Potter, and spend the day watching movies with friends. For an even better movie experience, make or buy some delicious snacks to share. Senior Savana Olivas commented, “I like hosting Marvel or DC movie marathons because all of my friends are huge comic book fans. It’s a great way to spend a day or night.”
  4. Have a spa day- This can be done in two ways: going to an actual spa or DIYing a spa day at home. Many spas have promotions during the summer that make a relaxing day at the spa more affordable. There is no preparation needed and all spa treatments will be done by a professional. However, if one is looking for an even more economical option, opt for a spa day at home with friends. Create custom masks and other spa treatments that fit perfectly to one’s liking. Both options are enjoyable.

These are just a few ideas of exciting activities to do with friends. Spending time with friends will lessen any anxiety about leaving for college and will also bring a friend group even closer.

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