Logging off from the Uni mind-set
After exams are over and we are released into the wild that is known as the summer break, us students can find it difficult to adjust into the idea that we no longer have to revise (or do assignments for that matter). Luckily this year I started my job before exams had finished, but I still find it difficult sometimes to accept that I haven’t got any work due in. So here’s a few things that I’ve been doing, or plan to do, this summer in order to keep the essayist-twitch out of my fingers.
It feels like so long since I’ve been able to read for pleasure. After so much essay research and revision of notes, I found it difficult to relax with a book this year. For that reason I’m glad to be able to get stuck into my large ‘to be read’ pile that’s been steadily stacking up since Christmas. Although some of it is related to my degree, it’s nice to know I’m reading it out of choice and not necessity.
2) Clear out my room
What with the move to Rome getting closer and closer over summer’s horizon, I’ve realised that my life will be a lot easier to pack into a single suitcase if there’s less of it. When I haven’t been working, I’ve been bagging up old clothes, books and bric-a-brac and carting it down to my local charity shops. It’s actually quite therapeutic to see it go, and I know it’ll make life a lot easier for when I eventually do move out the family home after graduation.
This year I’m heading to Prague for a week in August, which I’m really excited about, but I don’t just plan on travelling abroad. There’s so many places that are quite local to me that I’ve never got around to seeing, and now that I am feeling more confident than ever behind the wheel of my car I am hoping to tick as many places off my list as possible.
4) Pick up old hobbies
Apart from reading, my piano practice has been a bit rusty during exam season, and I’m keen to get back into singing again now I’m home. I’m also considering trying out the yoga class in town as I’ve enjoyed the one at uni so much over the last couple of years. Who knows, perhaps I’ll have picked up some new hobbies by the time summer ends…
Hopefully a combination of these things will stop me being so on edge feeling like I should be doing something productive towards my studies. After all, summer is a time to relax and have fun in between all the hard work, which we could all do with remembering sometimes!