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What I’m doing with my time now the uni year has finished

Hey! I hope you’re all doing well. I submitted my final essay for the year yesterday morning, and have felt a little strange ever since. I have a long stretch of time in front of me before I return to Warwick, and I have no work to do. So what now? There is only so much time I can (or rather should) spend watching Gilmore Girls, and I’ve already worked my way through the Disney classics, so I’ve been thinking about the best way to use this time. If you’re in a similar situation, I wanted to offer some ideas of things to do to keep yourself busy.

  1. READ

If you’ve already seen my blog from a couple of months ago, in which I give you some inspo to pick up a book, here’s another reminder. I have waded my way through a fair few books in lockdown, and I’ve absolutely loved it. I now have an ever-growing pile of books on my reading list which will definitely keep me occupied in the coming months. Try a non-fiction book to get you thinking, or a classic that you’ve never got around to reading, or ask a friend for a recommendation.

2. PREPARE

The beginning of the uni year feels a very long way away, which it is. But maybe when it gets a little nearer, you can think about preparing for it. Do some of the recommended reading, research what you’ll be studying, and give yourself a head start. A little goes a long way, and you’ll be thanking yourself a few months down the line.

3. EXERCISE

Unfortunately you might struggle to participate in sport as you normally would at the moment, but there are still plenty of ways to keep active. It can be as simple as going for walks around the block, kicking a ball around, or doing some yoga with a YouTube guide. Try to get into the habit of doing a little bit of exercise regularly, because your physical and mental health will definitely thank you.

4. ONLINE COURSES

Online courses are a great way to keep your mind ticking over the long summer. There are a lot on offer at the moment, and they are often completely free of charge. Check out Future Learn, EdX, Coursera, and many more similar sites. They are normally run by universities, so you can put them on personal statements or CVs. I have been doing one on the history of China run by Harvard University, and have been loving it. I set myself a little bit to do everyday, which also helps me to keep a routine.

5. COOKING AND BAKING

During term time, I always feel as though I don’t have time to spend making something spectacular in the kitchen. I find loads of recipes, and put them on the ‘try at some point’ pile. I’ve been working my way through some of them in the last couple of weeks – some more successfully than others – and it’s been really fun. Making something my family can all enjoy feels like a great use of time, and developing a skill has been very rewarding.

I hope these tips help you out – let me know if you give any of them a go!

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