Making the most of summer
It is term 3 week 8 which means one thing. Exams are starting to finish, and summer is on the horizon. With exams being online, whether you are in first or final year, the end of your last exam can feel very anticlimactic. As soon as that submit button is hit, you have officially finished that year of uni. It can feel very weird and overwhelming, especially when online. The start of summer is a way for you to rest, reflect and have fun. I thought I would list out my ideas for you to do over this summer! Staying productive but taking time to rest and reflect is key.
If you are returning to education in September, whether that be for your next year of undergraduate or a Masters, I would really encourage to read to keep your subject interest and passion for education thriving. Summertime can cause a pause on reading, and this can be a shock when you come back to learn in September. Having a three-month gap in your learning can cause you to forget things and put you out of a routine. Of course, summer is a great time to relax after a busy and hardworking academic year, but also try and read academic books and articles as well as literature that interest you to keep up your interest and passion for your subject of study. This also helps to create new ideas when going back to learning in September especially if you are going into final year and have a dissertation to write.
Following from my final point, if you have a dissertation starting in September I would really advise starting to plan and reading on your initial idea as early as possible. As soon as you start your final year, dissertation will be in the front of your mind. You will be trying to balance your other modules, assignments and dissertation, which talking from experience, is a lot of work to balance. Strat researching early in the summer and start thinking about what has interested you over the past 3 or 4 years. Planning your ideas and doing some initial reading will help when meeting your dissertation supervisor and submitting your initial dissertation idea. Of course, your ideas and direction of your dissertation changes throughout your project but getting an initial start and brainstorm can save you weeks of panicking.
Relax! Summer is such a special time to look back at the academic year you have had and reflect on things that have and haven’t gone so well. Ask yourself what you can improve on for the next academic year and what you will take forward with you. Especially as we are all learning through a new learning style of online learning, you can self-reflect on how online lectures and seminars worked for you and what learning style you will take forward with you in September.
Have fun and look forward to whatever you have planned for the next academic year! Some of you will be going into another academic year and others will be moving onto grad jobs. Whatever you have planned, as you move forward enjoy the summer as for some it is their last long summer and take time away from work or internships to be with your loved ones and enjoy freedom. You have worked so hard this year and it has been an incredibly hard year for everyone. You deserve a break! Enjoy some time off but remember to keep in a routine some of the time so you are prepared for September!