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Striking a balance with reading week – how I try to make the most of it!

Alex Humfryes
Alex Humfryes | German and Business Studies Contact Alex

Hello everybody!

It is currently week 5 and only a few days before the beloved week 6 ‘reading week’. For those who don’t know, reading week at Warwick is a lecture/seminar-free week which occurs both in term 1 and 2, and is typically given to Bachelor of Arts students who naturally have a lot of ‘reading’ to do throughout their degree. It makes for a perfect mid-term break and is a great way to catch up with any work which you haven’t found the time to do from the previous weeks. Despite the fact I only get half of a reading week – as all my business modules will still be running – I luckily won’t have to go to any of my German contact hours. Although there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to spend a reading week, I definitely feel that striking a balance and using it to both work and rest is the best way to get the most out of it. Here is a general overview of how I’ve planned mine and what I hope to get done by the end of it:

Week 6 weekend (10th and 11th)

I’ll be going home on the Friday as one of my best mates from home is having a farewell party, as next week he’ll be completely transferring to an Australian university. It’s safe to say I’ll miss him a lot, but will hopefully fly out there this summer to stay with him and get a mini-tour of his new Australian life. After his party, I’ll stay at home and use Saturday and Sunday to catch up with my family, and get a bit of work done whilst I’m there as well. I will also hope to catch up with a few friends who are still at home and see how they’re getting on too!

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (12th, 13th and 14th)

My time at home will unfortunately have to come to an end early on the Monday, as I have a business lecture on Monday afternoon that I’ll need to go to. After coming back up to uni and going to that lecture, I hope to use the Monday to get some more work done and have a productive day to kick off the week. Moving on to Tuesday, I’ll use most of the day to work as well, but it’s also pancake day – so no doubt I’ll be making them with my flat! Also, Warwick Surf is doing a movie night in Leamington Spa, so that should be a great way to round off the busy day. Then on to Wednesday, where I’ll hopefully get some more work done as well, but will be spending most of the day in London with a uni friend of mine. I was luckily able to get 2 tickets to see Khalid at the Eventim Apollo, which will be a great way to take a break from the busy start to the week!

Thursday and Friday (15th and 16th)

Thursday will be a busy day of business lectures and seminars, and likely filled with more work on my essays which are due at the end of term. However, things will be brightening up on Friday, as it’s a Warwick Surf mystery social! Didn’t manage to go to their mystery night out in first term, so am looking forward to this one especially. Not really sure what to expect, but judging from the photos of their previous mystery skirmish – and the general nature of Warwick Surf socials – it’s going to be a pretty hilarious night!

The closing weekend (17th and 18th)

Both Saturday and Sunday will consist of some work to round off the week, as well as watching the football and seeing mates who will be coming home from their respective reading weeks as well.

So that’s my plan for my final reading week – I’m hoping that it strikes a good balance with work and fun, and will be a nice break before the hectic final weeks of term 2 kick in to gear!

Alex Humfryes
Alex Humfryes | German and Business Studies Contact Alex

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