Making the Most of the Night (and day during the Easter Break)
As I have already mentioned, five weeks for Easter is a long time. Being at the end of the break now, the end of term seems such a long time ago (mainly because it was – five weeks) and although not exactly fully prepared to return to Leamington I do feel rather comfortable and confident with embracing the exam term at Warwick. With that in mind, I have decided to dedicate this post to outlining the best ways to not go crazy over a five-week gap.
– Revise tactically. It seems obvious but it must be said. Clearly revision is a key part of the Easter break from uni but at the same time, you can’t be going at it 24/7 or you will not have a good time. One of the positives of having such a long time off is that you can space out your study periods, take some time to enjoy a chocolate-loaded holiday and relax. Punctuate your study sessions with meet-ups with friends, days out or even just watching tv/reading – although I suppose most don’t have much trouble in incorporating these into a routine.
– Although I can’t speak for everyone, personally during term time, money often gets tight and by the time Easter rolls around, I could do with a few more pennies in my pocket. Part time work is never to be scoffed at when at home as it can give you a break from revision, get you work experience to add to a CV and of course, help rake in that dollar dollar.
– Try to maintain at least some kind of routine. Often, you might find yourself unsettled by a return home without lectures and seminars. You probably don’t have to cook for yourself, you don’t have to be up for a certain time in the morning and generally the weight is taken off of your shoulders a bit so that when you go back to uni you have to spend a few days re-acclimatising to the situation. Don’t get me wrong, I love a home-made cottage pie as much as anyone else but sometimes maintaining a little bit of your uni routine at home will make the transition progress after the holidays a lot easier. I’m talking, making sure you’re up by nine or ten each day, dedicating certain times of the day to work etc. Nothing stupid, we all need a break.
– If you’re a languages student, try and travel! If you don’t already have one, post-year abroad I am sure that most language students will have developed a real passion for travelling just about anywhere, so embrace it! Whenever I have time away from my studies I am always looking to travel as not only is it great fun but it will also greatly improve your language skills. Obviously, sometimes money can be a problem when travelling but I am not stranger to this problem and there are certainly ways around it! I for one, work abroad to kill two birds with one stone hence I spent two weeks this Easter working in Germany to practice my German but also to make some money for my increasingly depressing bank account.
These are just a few ways to prevent the potential wasting of a month away from university. Naturally, everybody works in different ways and I can’t outright tell you what will work best but so far these methods have served me well and left me feeling as prepared as I can be for what is probably the least pleasant term in the scholastic year.