3 Impactful Things to do This Summer
The big question on many a student mind after exams is: what am I going to do with myself? I, for one, can’t understand why some people choose to lie in bed all day everyday. Obviously, if that’s what you like to do then that’s your decision. In case that isn’t for you, here are three things that you can do over the summer that won’t feel like a waste of time.
I know what you might be thinking: that sounds boring and I’m not getting paid. In my opinion, volunteering is anything but. I’ve been involved with Girlguiding since starting as a Brownie and now I’m an Assistant Leader for my Guide unit. The Girlguiding and Scouting movements are great to get involved with because you only have to dedicate around a hour and a half per week to the cause. I love being involved because I get to help give the girls experiences that they may not otherwise have access to. True, I don’t get paid but the role is more than rewarding enough for me not to even consider the prospect of money. Furthermore, Girlguiding and Scouting are great because you don’t need to have been previously involved with the groups and they are always looking for volunteers. Use a search engine to look for local Girlguiding/Scouting groups or other charities that take your fancy. I promise that you won’t regret it. A summer of volunteering also looks great on your CV.
2. Read/Listen to Audiobooks
Ok, so you’ve spent the year doing so many required readings that you can’t remember what reading for pleasure is like, right? I’m can’t lie and say that I didn’t enjoy some of mine but I had forgotten how pleasurable reading on my own terms can be. I’m really liking audiobooks at the moment. I know there is a debate over audiobooks vs traditional modes of reading but I do enjoy the freedom that audiobooks bring. You can just plug in your headphones and be transported to another world. I also love hearing authors read their own material. It really adds another dimension to their words. Whether you choose to read or listen to audiobooks this summer, I have a piece of advice. Choose material that you wouldn’t usually gravitate towards. There are many recommendation lists online and they can be really helpful when looking for new genres to try out.
3. Learn a New Skill
It could be absolutely anything. Juggling, calligraphy, sign language, cooking. The sense of accomplishment you feel when you learn something new is second to none. Ask around to see whether any of your friends have skills that they would like to pass on- you may be surprised at what they know! Learning a new skill may also give you a new hobby that you can take into next year and will give you a release when things get stressful.
So there you have it, three great things that you can do this summer that won’t turn your mind to mush. I hope that you all have a fantastic time, whatever you choose to do!