Fun Ways to Finish the Summer

Official publicity photo from Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

The law school has been abuzz with activity recently, as everyone’s getting ready for new student orientation next week and the start of classes the following week. But maybe you’re not quite ready to give up on that feeling of summer yet. Here are a few suggestions for ways to enjoy your last little bit of freedom.

1. Watch the Olympics — Let’s start with the obvious one here. The games run through August 12 in London and every day there is another story, from the badminton players being disqualified to news that the archer who trained Jennifer Lawrence for The Hunger Games was competing today. Not able to watch the coverage live? You can always set up a blocker to hide all the spoilers.

2. Get pumped for an action-packed Fall — And by that I mean in TV and movies, of course. Watch Daniel Craig get back in action as James Bond, first by accompanying the Queen to the Olympics and then in the new trailer for Skyfall. And if you happen to also subscribe to the “Bond is a Timelord” theory [it makes sense, doesn’t it?], there’s a brand-spanking-new trailer for Doctor Who Series 7 out as well.

3. Enjoy the theatre — Want something a bit quieter? Catch the closing weekend of the Georgia Shakespeare summer season. You have the choice of The Emperor and the Nightingale, Illyria: A Twelfth Night Musical, The Importance of Being Earnest and Much Ado About Nothing. (And did you know that Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers, is putting out a new film version of Much Ado this Fall too? Now you do.)

4. Audition to be a zombie — Not content to let others do all the acting for you? Head over to Six Flags Over Georgia on August 4 and 5 to audition for a part in this Fall’s Fright Fest.

5. Celebrate random events — And if you’re still looking for something, the kindly folks at Mental Floss have created this handy list of August holidays you can celebrate. From International Beer Day (August 5) to Lazy Day (August 10) to National Bad Poetry Day (August 18), there’s something there for everyone. Just don’t forget that the first day of orientation coincides with National Fresh Breath Day. Coincidence? We think not.

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