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Gimme a Break!: Ideas for a Making the Most of Summer
June 7, 2021

Summer officially begins on June 20, but Notre Dame students will be getting a head start after the final exam period concludes on June 8. After a few days of well-deserved rest, we know some of them will start working, many will travel, and all will find time to safely reconnect with family and friends near and far.

The season always begins with great promise. And even though we will make lasting memories through both ordinary and epic experiences, we know inevitably the season will come to an when the 2021-22 school year gets under way. So before then, here are some suggestions on how students can make the most of their time away.

  1. Go Camp-ing. Notre Dame offers myriad summer camps for children of all ages. From football to soccer, basketball to baseball and lots more in between, athletes can improve their knowledge and skills from our outstanding coaches at our excellent facilities. Not sporty? Try one of our “academic” camps for pursuits like speech and debate, theatre, and STEM. You can see the full list of camps and register here. (
  2. Get Outside. Michigan has a “humid continental climate,” typified by large seasonal temperature differences. It’s no surprise then that our average yearly temperature is 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Another interesting fact: Detroit has sunshine only 49 percent of the year. (Thanks, condensation of water vapor from the Great Lakes!) So take advantage of these few months of warmth and sun by exercising, gardening, stargazing or anything else in our beautiful great outdoors.
  3. Be Adventurous. One need not climb a mountain or jump from an airplane to find adventure. One simply needs to try something new. With that in mind, let this be the summer you try your hand at cooking or baking, embark on an activity out of your comfort zone like archery or fencing, or take a class for sign language, CPR, or self-defense.
  4. Stay Sharp. Even though you may want to put away the books, you’ll thank yourself to keep your mind active. If you’re a student at Notre Dame, you’ll have summer reading. Don’t wait until the last minute! No matter what school you attend, don’t be afraid to challenge yourself with one or more classics by Dickens or Austen or Hemingway. Alternatively, read an author you enjoy, or one you haven’t read yet. Or read a non-fiction book on a subject that interests you. When it comes to books, there truly is something for everyone of every age.
  5. Do Good. From June 9 to August 18—when Notre Dame students return to school—there are 70 days to make the most of. Why not devote one or two of those to helping those in need? If you’re not sure where to start, a good place would be Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. CCSM volunteers serve in six counties, including Oakland, Macomb and Wayne. You can find them here. (

No matter how you choose to spend your time, Notre Dame encourages you to have fun and to be safe. We pray that our students and their families—as well as students and families the world over—enjoy the summer and come back to school healthy and ready for another year of learning, preparation and memory-making.

Interested in learning more about our college-prep school? Call our Office of Admissions at 248-373-1061, or email Before calling, you can get started by completing an inquiry form here. We look forward to engaging with you!

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