There are 104 days (ish) of summer vacation before school comes along just to end it. So, the annual problem with our generation is finding a good way to spend it.
P.S Building a rocket not included in the following list.
Get a job/work experience
Getting work in a store is a great way to pass the time while earning some money. While in employment, depending on the work, you can also improve on basic but vital life skills such as communication and time management. It’s also a great feeling to start the new (educational) year off with a bit of extra money before the sacred maintenance loan makes an appearance!
It is well known that employers love graduates with experience. It shows a ‘get up and go’ attitude and that you are clearly passionate about the career you want to go into. It is never too late to email around companies and ask if they have a spot for you this summer, even if it is as little as looking around the offices for a day. It is all part of networking and gaining contacts that could be useful in the future!
Learn something new
If it be watercolours, knitting or learning how to play an instrument, all of theses are good ways of finding a new interest. Start back in September with a new skill, be it a neat party trick or something that spurs you on to join a society in that field.
This is one of the more expensive options and maybe not the way you want to go if you want to save money this summer! Travelling with friends is a great way to see parts of the country or world in an independent setting. It also allows you to practice budgeting and logistical skills which look great on a CV. If you live in the South West, you certainly don’t have to go far to see some amazing places. Last year I travelled to Egypt and I can’t wait to go back this year. So, grab yourself a designated driver, pack your bags and get travelling!
Read or write!
You’re probably getting the idea by now that I love to read! But if you’ve just finished a particularly stressful year, find some time alone, curl up with a book and feel that stress drift away. Check out my reading blog for more ideas! The alternative is write… about anything! It can fiction or non-fiction. If a quirky idea pops into your head, write it down and keep a journal. After typing assignments many see writing as a chore, but it doesn’t have to be when you’re the one deciding what to write about.
So, you’ve had a busy year. As life gets thrown at you head on you may have had bad times, but I can assure you, you have had good times. Concentrate on the good times, what made them so good? Was it a moment with friends or was it the time you got some good results back after all that hard work? Whatever it was that made those good time happen, make sure to implement it in your next year, be it a successful revision technique or society that you gained friends in. Take a moment to reflect on the bad times as well, what could you do better next year? If it be budgeting or time management, we can all improve on something and that’s ok. Besides, we’re here to learn.
See you soon!
I hope this gave you some ideas on what to do with your Summer! It’s been a pleasure completing my first year of University with Plymouth, and I can’t wait to come back for Stage 2 after the break! See you soon!