Summer Plans: Updated – OurWarwick

Summer Plans: Updated

Bethany Goodman | Language, Culture, and Communication Contact Bethany

So it’s nearing the end of the incredibly long summer after Year 1 and it’s time to update you all on the ways I’ve used my time! Despite having over 2 months of free time and nothing planned at the beginning of it, I’ve found myself to be busy more often than not, so don’t panic if everyone seems to have their summer sorted down to the minute and you’re only just thinking about it; it all works out in the end.

Seeing friends…

My first priority for the summer was to meet up with all of my old school friends and catch up on our first year separated! It’s great to see how much everyone has matured and grown into the person they truly want to be. Admittedly it was strange at first because a lot of us have changed and become interested in new things and so it’d become clear that we no longer have a great deal in common. However, it was still lovely to hear all the funny stories from their university experience and compare them to how I’ve spent my first year here.

Trying something new…

As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, I joined a gym during the very first week of summer and SHOCKINGLY I’ve been almost every day since! I’ve actually become a dedicated gym-bunny so it’s now become part of my daily routine. I’ve really enjoyed learning new things, trying new classes, and generally becoming fitter and healthier! I know that fitness isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re struggling with plans for the summer it’s definitely a great idea to fill your time and get you feeling healthier.

Getting organised…

Starting second year brings a lot more excitement: you know your flatmates and there’s no unexpected surprises. However, second year also brings the daunting task of organising the bills for your second year house. This year I’m living in a 10-bedroom house with friends and after moving some of my things into my room last week, I’m extremely excited to be finally living in Leamington. However, organising wifi, gas, and electricity for 10 people is no walk in the park. Thankfully one of my flatmates has all the knowledge needed to get our bills sorted and in just a week we had everything in place to move into the house. For those of you who still haven’t got any bills sorted: don’t panic! The wifi is quick and easy to order and install, and the gas and electric only needs to be sorted out a few days before you move in!

Finding a job…

Despite enjoying all my free time this summer, one thing it has taught me is that I enjoy having a routine and so I decided to start looking for a part-time job for second year. Living in a student town means there are a lot of part-time jobs but the hours can vary and so you have to browse online for the right one for you and apply, apply, apply! I’m lucky enough to have worked in a large retail store before and so my main target for jobs was shops and department stores for which I got some interviews. I also applied for some Christmas temp jobs at home to ensure I had a way of income during the festive season too.

That’s all for today! I hope you’ve all had a great summer so far and are planning for the exciting new year ahead.

Bethany Goodman | Language, Culture, and Communication Contact Bethany

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