1. Choose a song and make it your personal mission to ensure it is played at every party you go to over summer. Years later the song will come on shuffle and you’ll fondly remember the summer where the highlight of every night was firing fake guns whilst M.I.A rapped something about third world democracies and being on trains.
2. Fall in love. With that guy from your gender studies class whose profile picture is taken in Barcelona or with ‘Love on Top’ by Beyonce or with the good Sofia Coppola films or the New Yorker or that café down the road that has the best coffee in the world. It doesn’t matter, just fall in love with something.
3. Start drinking in the afternoon. Find yourself tipsy, slightly sunburnt and surrounded by friends at 5pm and wonder why you don’t do it more often.
4. When you’re not drinking, read more. Adopt the mannerisms and personal narrative of your favourite character in the book you’re reading and tell yourself this is slightly less vapid than pretending to be a character from Gossip Girl or Skins because it’s based on ‘literature’ and alternative bands from Sweden aren’t sound tracking the character’s life.
5. Travel somewhere: down the street, across the country, across the world. Start worrying about whether you’re travelling to find yourself, or lose yourself.
6. Fall into a group of friends who are new and interesting and always reliable. Begin doing everything together: make out, fall out, make up and then wonder what you all did with your lives before the group existed. Think aloud if everything would be different if you weren’t all single.
7. Go to parties with old friends from high school and be struck by how little you have to talk about, or have in common with them. When you do talk, feel nauseated by conversations about what you’re going to do with your life and what they’re already doing with theirs.
8. Have a minor breakdown at least once a week and wonder what you’re doing with your life. Without the distractions of class or work or study, confront the fact that you’re probably drifting. Instead of doing anything about it, pour another glass of wine, surround yourself with the people you love and be convinced that they’re an anchor enough.