How to stay productive during summer
As we bid farewell to the final weeks of the 2019/20 academic year at Warwick and prepare ourselves for the leap into the next year of our higher studies, we find ourselves in what many people may consider a limbo phase; a summer phase that echoes one of transition, relaxation, and development. However, unlike previous summer periods, this year summer will occur amidst the chaos that is the coronavirus – accordingly, we must adapt our plans in light of the safety regulations. Thus, I have decided to construct this blog to outline methods in which we can remain productive during summertime and the ways we can best spend our time while keeping safe and (mainly) indoors. While it is natural to feel a sense of loss as many of your adventurous summer hopes are no longer feasible, we must also look to the bright side and acknowledge the light at the end of the tunnel; this summertime we can spend time with our families and loved ones while building our transferable skills for our resume:
The first thing you can do to remain productive during summer is to explore your online studying and interning options. Currently, there remains a wide range of free online additional courses that you can take: from full time committed ones to part-time studying at some of the best-known universities like Harvard. Thus, if you are interested in these opportunities then I would recommend you take a look at the courses – indeed, this would be a great way to dive deeper into your specific interests and may aid your understanding of what you want to do in the future. With regards to online interning, BrightNetwork has a range of internship opportunities you can do from home which will not only improve your CV but will also give you an important set of skills with regards to online work.
The second thing you can do to keep busy and productive during summer is by participating in some light reading; it is very natural for your brain to work slower once you stop engaging in academia – therefore, by spending a short amount of your days reading you will be able to keep your brain engaged and actively working and thinking. I have previously written a blog post outlining some reading choices for students under the social sciences umbrella so if you are unaware of where to start reading, you can take a look there. Accordingly, there are also so many podcasts and documentaries available for free online which will undoubtedly get you thinking and learning more about concepts that are linked to your degree.
The third thing you may want to do during summertime is finding a part-time job, I am aware that the ease and availability regarding this will range from country to country but generally many of us should be able to get part-time jobs tutoring and mentoring people or at local cafes. Getting a part-time job will greatly aid you as it will keep you busy and engaged in something throughout summertime while also giving you a great set of skills that can inevitably be transferred to other aspects of your life as well.
In conclusion, despite the drastic change of plans that many of us are undergoing as a result of the coronavirus, there are still a lot of ways you can remain productive and efficient throughout your summertime; hopefully, this blog has been informative and helpful. As always, if you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to contact me and until then I hope everyone stays safe – thank you!