Summer is finally here and it’s time for you to take a well-earned break from classes, papers and endless hours reading and taking notes in the library or your room, late at night; enjoy it, you deserve it, girl! You can sleep in, take it easy and do whatever the heck you want, whenever the heck you want. Awesome, right? Well, maybe for a week or two, but, if you’re anything like me, a few weeks of doing pretty much nothing can leave you feeling a bit…flat. By the end of a three month long break from studying, your mind will have potentially turned to mush, under-stimulated and in a state of shock from going from overdrive to an absolute, screeching standstill. Believe me, I get it, I’ve been there. So, what can you do to make sure you can take a break from the books, but still keep your mind active over the summer?
- Commit to at least one daily activity – Clean your room, wash your car, go for a walk, just do something! The lure of staying in bed all day long with the curtains closed is an extremely easy trap to fall into during the summer, but it’s the quickest way to get yourself into a slump. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have the odd lazy day, but try to have daily achievements, even if they’re small, so each day has served a purpose
beyond watching five episodes in a row of your favourite Netflix series.
- Volunteer – Give something back your local community and use your free time to serve others. You could work in a soup kitchen or for a local not-for-profit for a couple of hours a week. No, you might not get a paycheque at the end of the month like you do with a job, but the satisfaction of volunteering will do wonders for you as well as helping those less fortunate than you.
- Get a job or an internship – Ok, so don’t take on a full-time job that leaves you with no free time, but maybe consider getting a part-time job or pursuing an internship of some sort. Both will look totally awesome on your resumes, a job will put some cash in your pocket and both will keep your mind active for lengthy periods of any given day. Even if it’s waiting tables or working in your local hardware store, a job will provide you with stability and routine which is not too dissimilar from what your body and mind have gotten accustomed to over the academic year.
- Continue to read and write – I know that once school was out, studying was the absolute last thing I wanted to do, but going back and having to write
essays again was always so much harder after the lengthy summer months broke the routine. To keep my mind prepped and ready for the impending return to deadlines, reading sessions and note-taking, I made sure I committed to reading books and also putting together short pieces of writing. I never ‘studied’ and read or wrote academic material (although I probably would have benefitted from that!), but instead, I read a book I’d not had the time to read during the semester and I tried my hand at creative writing so as to continue to keep up the routine of putting the proverbial pen to paper.
- Socialise, socialise, socialise – You know how you’re not in school? Neither are your friends! Seeing your friends every day in class can make the summer, where you might not see them all the time, much less sociable. Make plans with them, go for coffee, go for dinner or just hang at each other’s places. It’s always more fun and more stimulating to do nothing with someone than to do nothing alone. Plus, it’ll give you some awesome memories for you to look back on when those seemingly endless summer vacays are a mere thing of the past.
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