Using your summer wisely
As I am nearing the end of Term 3, it got me thinking about the Summer Break. With exams in full swing for most, it probably feels like a long way off, but we can always look to the future. There are a few things you can do to use the time to your advantage if you’re preparing to attend university in September, as well as throughout your time here.
Relax – I’ll admit, I’m not the best at relaxing, but it is important to let yourself have a break and celebrate hard work. I found it a lot easier to do this after I’d received my exam results, but remember that getting through the year is an achievement in itself!
Resources – It’s sometimes useful to read around your subject and refresh your mind for studying at university. It shouldn’t be something to stress over, but if you want to do some preliminary reading, your department may offer some suggestions. There might even be films you can watch related to your degree subject, or podcasts you can listen to.
Find opportunities – You may want to research opportunities to gain work experience, which can help you develop a range of skills and is a great addition to your CV (not to mention something to fill your time!). Even if opportunities aren’t advertised, it might be good to approach places and see if they can offer anything. Don’t hassle, though! When you’re here, you can use the MyAdvantage site to browse opportunities exclusively available to University of Warwick students. There are plenty of vacation employment opportunities advertised, as well as the Warwick Summer Internship Programme. The Student Careers and Skills Department will also be able to advise you on other summer opportunities, such as the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS). Start looking for opportunities as early as possible to avoid being disappointed.
I hope you found this post useful. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them below. Good luck with exams!