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Summer Songs: from California Girls to California Gurls

summer-songs-beach-boys-to-katy-perryCheck out this awesome time line of summer songs created by UPenn‘s Jessica Goldstein for From The Beach Boys to Katy Perry, Ms. Goldstein has collected the best and worst, but definitely most addictive, summertime tunes.

She writes: “This list isn’t just for songs about summer, but rather the tracks released in that May to August stretch, the ones scientifically engineered to stick in your head like peanut butter to the roof of your mouth. Is your favorite summer song—or, alternatively, a song that makes a tiny part of you die inside every time you hear it—missing from this scale of awesome-to-awful?”

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The Best Concerts of Summer 2010

“Summer time, and the living’s easy.”
“I think about you in the summertime.”
“I know a place, where the grass is really greener.”
“Singing ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ all summer long…”

There are so many songs about summer. Music is a huge part of summer for me, and what is the best way to hear your favorite song? At a concert! Many popular artists go on tour during summer, and these summer concerts are always crowd favorites.warped tour

This summer, one of my favorite artists, Lady Gaga, is going on tour and you can bet I have tickets. However, she is not the only musical genius (Yes, I am using that term loosely) to go on tour this summer. According to Ticketmaster, here are the top selling concerts for Summer 2010.

1. Nickelback. Although the tour does not start until the end of summer, this show is going to be awesome! Nickelback is teaming up with two other talented musical groups – Three Days Grace and Buckcherry – for a 25 city tour. According to a fan who saw Nickelback perform last year, the concert was “by far one of the best in a long time.”

2. Warped Tour. If you are a fan of alternative rock, this is the concert for you! This year’s set list includes heavy-hitters such as 3OH!3, Everclear, Sum 41, and We the Kings. Warped Tour is great because of the vast number of performers – more than 180 bands are scheduled to perform this year. With that many different artists, you are sure to find something you like at the Warped Tour. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Save Money During Summer Break

saving moneyIf you are thinking of spending your summer days at the mall or on road trips, you may want to reconsider.

It seems that whenever we are out of school, we immediately drain are checking account. Quite frankly, it’s because we’re bored. And when we’re bored, we spend money quickly.

So if you’re finding it hard to save your money throughout the summer, follow these simple tips.

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Cheap and Fun Ways to Spend Your Summer

snow coneSummer is definitely my favorite time of the year. Summer is three months filled with absolutely nothing truly urgent that you have to do. Sure, you might have to work or have an internship, but chances are, you do not work every day of the week. Summer is free time, to fill with whatever you choose.

It sounds perfect, until mid-July when you have done everything that you wanted to do at least five times. Walking around the mall with friends tends to lose its appeal when you just did it yesterday and the day before. So what can you do with all of this lovely free time that you haven’t done a billion times already and does not break the bank?

Try these suggestions to occupy your lazy summer days!

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Best Summer Songs

swimming poolIt’s summer time!

It’s my favorite time of the year for many, many reasons, including the lack of school, sleeping in until whenever, working a job to finally have some money, and pool parties with all of my friends.

My first pool party was when I was in fifth grade. My dog had just had puppies, so after we all swam for hours, we played with the puppies and ate hamburgers. And of course we listened to music. Granted, it was not the best music ever, but I was a huge fan of Baha Men, Vitamic C, Destiny’s Child, and ‘NSync.

Now that I’m older, my taste in music has developed, or at least I like to think it has, but my love for pool parties has not changed at all. If you plan on having a pool party of your own, here are some of the most popular tunes, according to iTunes, to crank on your iPod this summer.

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Michelle Obama Targets Summer Learning Loss, Childhood Obesity

Lets read lets moveSchools out for summer and across America kids are dreaming of ice cream trucks and afternoon snacks of junk food binges.

So naturally, our nation’s leaders are nervous about the tendency of education backslide and the natural plunge into awful eating habits. Especially since reports have shown that an estimated one-third of American children are overweight or obese.

As a result, first lady Michelle Obama, an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, collaborated on a new campaign to undertake childhood obesity, specifically targeting summer break.

Members of the Obama cabinet joined her in unveiling the administration’s “Lets Read. Lets Move.” campaign. In cooperation with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the project’s goal is to encourage continued reading (specifically the program aims for children to read five books during summer vacation), exercise frequently and a maintain healthy lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »

High School Summer Reading List

reading outsideAs you start cleaning out your lockers and spending a couple more hours at Starbucks studying for finals after school, you can’t help but update your Twitter account about how excited you are for the quickly approaching summer vacation.

But before you start planning your beach trips and afternoons basking in the sun, maybe you should stop by your local bookstore and check out their recommended list of summer reading.

Studies have shown that summer reading can boost academic performance by 50-67 percent in high school students, and that those students who don’t read over break tend to fall behind their peers in other subjects in addition to literature and language arts.

Here are some of the most recommend books for summer reading across the country:

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Benefits of Taking Summer Classes

summer schoolMy favorite three things about being in school are:
1.    June
2.    July
3.    August

Summer break. It’s a great time to recover from the stresses of college classes, final exams, and maintaining your social life. It’s can be the perfect time to focus on your social life, getting a tan, and possibly getting a summer job or summer internship so you’ll have some spending money.

Or, you could do something beneficial for your education and take summer school.

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