I'm in my first year of college as a physics major and I am not taking any courses this summer. I only have to work part-time, so I will have some spare time on my hands to do some extra studies. Since I am going to a small and affordable college for my AA, they have no research programs available, nor is there any around in my area here. Since I also have a baby due in a couple more weeks, traveling for a summer research program will not be an option. I'm considering studying German (since I've heard it's good to know for a physics major), studying some kind of computer programming (maybe C++), and studying the Morin physics book (just bought it, but learning the calculus I need to understand it this semester). I was also thinking of doing a little personal physics experiment, like building my own laser and toying around with it, but I don't know if that will end up being anything I can toss on my college resume since I don't have the money to really invest into something science fair worthy. So, I'm all ears, what suggestions do you have?