How to keep busy over summer?
Hi, everyone! Writing this, a month into the summer break for most people, whether current uni students or year 13s, means that hopefully, everyone has been enjoying their time away from education. I found that, when I went into the summer after my A-levels, it seemed so much longer than I imagined which left me with not much to do for the whole three (ish) months. So, for those of you in the same position that I was, here are a few suggestions to keep you occupied/get prepared for uni!
1. Don’t count down to results day
Whilst this may not be something to do, it’s something I would say to avoid. I found that counting down just meant I preoccupied myself with thoughts about what could go wrong rather than enjoying the summer. As the day drew closer, I ended up forgetting about it and actually having fun in those last few days – so try putting it out of your mind!
I feel like the suggestion to "get a job" is one that every student is told at some point over summer. But for those of you unable to, for various reasons, volunteering is something that can be just as worth it – and great to put on the CV! Whether that’s a few hours a week in a charity shop or dog shelter or one hour a week at the local youth club, you’ll be able to both be helpful and give you an opportunity to try something new.
By "explore", I don’t really mean go travelling across the world – especially if you’re saving money for university. Instead, ask a couple of friends and go exploring the places around where you live, whether that’s new back streets with little shops in a town or city or a new footpath through the countryside. I found this really nice to do as it gave some time with friends that I might not have had otherwise, who were going to university on the opposite side of the country to me.
4. Get ready for uni!
Assuming that, other than the Warwick students who read this, you are most likely to be a year 13 waiting on results to come to university, it’s never too early to start getting ready! You’ll find so many lists across the blogs and the internet tell you what you’ll need, so even picking up a few small pieces can really help time later on when you’re rushing around trying to find that perfect set of cutlery to take with you. Whether it be a few cushions, a new bed sheet set, or a crockery set, starting to collect things now is fun (if you like homeware shopping/Ikea) and you’ll thank yourself later!
5. Have a party!
Once again, I don’t mean an extravagant go all out party. I’m more referring to the picnic in the garden, homemade drinks, handmade decoration type (although if you want to go all out, by all means, go for it!) As you’ll be leaving home most likely, and so will your friends, it is nice to be able to go and see everyone together for the last time – I really enjoyed being able to just be with my friends and see them all together before leaving. Not only that, but it’s a great opportunity to take a few photos to stick up when you move into your accommodation!
I hope you’ve found this list at least a little bit useful and inspiring – filling up summer with things to do can be tricky, but you’re not even halfway there yet!