Fortunately, students studying under the social sciences are blessed with a reading week – this mirrors what would be considered as ‘half-term’ during Sixth Form. While many locals return home for this week, a large number of us international students remain on campus during this time. In light of this week which will take part in week 6 of term 2, I have decided to write an inspired blog to suggest possible plans and ideas that you can partake in to keep you busy and active during this break. While this blog may be tailored for a politics student, the lists of ideas can still be applied to other courses within the social sciences umbrella. Having said that, this is by no means a definitive list of things you should do but rather a guideline if you are feeling bored and free during this week:
Spend reading week reading: Ironically the name of the week implies that students should utilize this time to ‘read’ and catch up with University work, but this is not always the case. In all honesty, it is really easy to say that you’ll spend the reading week catching up with all the work you have missed; using the week as an excuse to not attend your seminars and complete your reading – I’ll admit, I’ve done this too in the past. While it would be impossible and unlikely that you will spend this time catching up with all the work you’ve covered in the past term and a half, I still highly recommend that you undertake some light reading for your seminars to come. Those, like me, who have essay plans and essays due after the week may also find it beneficial to partake in some reading for that!
Recharge and Relight your energy: I can honestly say that this past half term has been draining and judging from the decreasing number of students present in lectures and seminars, it can be hinted that many of you are tired too! Thus, I highly encourage you to take this precious time to sleep, eat and exercise. Exercise in this context does not need to be physical: you can exercise your mind by doing some non-course related reading and puzzles. The crucial point is to make sure that you do rest up and give yourself a break from University life; enjoy your longer mornings and later nights, treat yourself to a home-cooked meal and spend some time with family and friends. More importantly, listen to relaxing music to ease the nerves you’ve gained from the hectic first term of University!
Travel a little: Whether you are returning home or staying on campus, perhaps give yourself some time to travel around; make a short drive to another city or cross borders to another country if you can. This will take your mind off University and allow you to escape the hectic University life for a little while. It may also be nice to take a trip with your friends or family to allow your mind to escape.
In conclusion, if well spent, your time during the reading week can be greatly efficient and effective. Hopefully, this blog has introduced you to some ideas about how your time can be spent during reading week and as always if you have any questions or comments please feel free to get in touch with me.