Now that it’s summer, I’ve just been thinking about a few of my favorite things:

1. Travel. Traveling is a blast! I have been so lucky in that I have done my fair share of traveling so far. Hawaii, Oregon and Southern Utah are my top three favorite places. In the summer, it can be really tricky to schedule a vacation: jobs, family reunions and a lack of funding can all be issues.

So one thing I am doing this summer is making an effort to try local things. For example, I am going to try and visit the Spiral Jetty, a piece of artwork in the Great Salt Lake. I already visited East High School in Salt Lake City — where “High School Musical” was filmed — and I am also planning on visiting Antelope Island a few times.

2. Watching movies. Watching a movie is a great way to kick back, relax and enjoy your night. There are tons of new movies coming out this summer, like the live-action “Aladdin” and ”The Sun is Also A Star,” both released in May; “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (June 7); “‘Toy Story 4,” coming out June 21; ”‘Yesterday,” to be released June 28; “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (July 2), and “The Lion King” (July 19).

Whether you catch the early-bird special or head over to the drive-in, there is going to be a new movie for just about everyone to enjoy. If you’re not interested in any of the new shows coming out, you can always return to the classics: any Marvel movies, any of the “High School Musicals” will do just fine.

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3. Swimming. This is a great way to beat the summer heat. As a lifeguard, I can speak from experience when I tell you that swimming is also really good exercise. There are tons of pools in our area, so make sure to check one of them out. In addition, going out to a pool is a great way to get that summer tan.

4. Eating cookies. One thing that I absolutely love to do is eat cookies, but not just any cookies. While I enjoy cooking and baking at home, nothing can beat a fresh cookie from Crumbl. If you’ve never heard of Crumbl, you need to go and check them out. Every week, they have four new flavors. They always have a chocolate chip cookie and a sugar cookie, but the other four flavors are rotating.

Crumbl has fun and unique kinds of cookies: cinnamon roll, chocolate cake, key lime and muddy buddy. They also have something called Crumbl Cream, which is some pretty good ice cream based off their cookie flavors! (This suggestion is not promoted by Crumbl in any way, I just really love their cookies!)

5. Spending time with friends. This is one of my favorite things to do. We like to try new things, like tie dyeing, watching new Netflix original shows, finding our new favorite ice cream flavors, and discovering different face masks. I encourage you to look for friends wherever you go! You never know where you could find your next friend. Don’t be afraid to branch out and talk to someone new.

6. Helping others is something that I see as very important and very fulfilling. One place that I enjoy volunteering at is the Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank in Ogden. A few months ago, I got to help hand out food to patrons and it was very eye-opening to have the opportunity to serve our community. Volunteering your time or talents to help someone else is a very worthwhile thing to do, and who knows, it could change someone’s whole perspective!

Sara Tesch is a recent graduate of Roy High School. She enjoys playing tennis, traveling and chasing down the perfect photograph. Contact her at hatchtowngirl@gmail.com.

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