Down time at University: Fireworks and Wintery Walks
Balancing studies with part-time work, society commitments and sports whilst still maintaining some resemblance of a social life can be exhausting, and it’s easy to feel a little bit overwhelmed. On occasion over the last couple of weeks I have felt that way, and at those times there is nothing I like more than making myself a hot chocolate and sitting down to watch some Netflix. Although it is time spent not doing my assignments, in the greater scheme of things it’s so much more important to take care of yourself.
When I am starting to feel a little bit stressed out, I also like to spend some time away from screens. I don’t know about anyone else, but I seem to spend so much time looking at screens, be it checking my phone, doing a programming assignment, researching topics on my laptop or looking at the screen in lectures! Here are some of things I like to do – and have done recently – for some down time away from university and bright screens.
Last weekend I went to the big firework display at Kenilworth Castle with some of my friends and I had the best time. I had a hot pork sandwich and a toffee apple, stood in a muddy field with thousands of other people, was warmed by a massive bonfire and watched an incredible firework display set against the backdrop of Kenilworth Castle. Safe to say I was very happy!
Leading on from the firework display, I also love wrapping up warm and heading outside for a walk. We have had some beautiful clear, crisp days recently, and on one occasion I couldn’t resist getting off the U1 a stop early and I walked to central campus from Gibbet Hill. It was lovely and peaceful, especially around the lake behind Bluebell, and I felt nice and calm when my lectures for the day began.
If being outside in the cold isn’t your thing, why not get together with your friends and have a movie night. We watch a lot of films and TV programmes as a flat, and it’s great to wrap yourself up in a blanket with a cup of tea and forget about university for a couple of hours– though I may have got too cosy last time and fell asleep half way through the show …
The chances are that if you are starting to crave home comforts, your friends and family back home would love to hear from you too! Calling your parents, grandparents, aunts, dogs etc is a nice way to remind yourself that normal life is carrying on outside of the Warwick Bubble and allows you to keep everyone updated on your exciting university life!
Going home during term time is not a sign of weakness that you can’t hack it on your own. For first year, I never went home during term time but always wished that I had when it got to the end of term and I was completely burnt out. Heading home for a couple of days is a perfect opportunity to recharge and fill up on some yummy food, and if that’s what you need to do, do it! I’m going home this weekend, and I know that when I come back next week I’ll feel more prepared to face the last few weeks of term before Christmas.