It's July, and the long post-exam summer stretches out ahead of you, infinite in excitement and potential. The world is your oyster and autumn seems impossibly far away.
But time has a funny way of dragging whilst you're doing your exams, and then fast-forwarding when it's the summer. You don’t want it to suddenly be September and to be left thinking, ‘I wish I’d done more’.
So, how do you make the most of your summer holiday?
1. Set yourself some goals
As we’ve previously discussed, setting yourself goals at the beginning of your holiday is a great way to crystallise what you really want to achieve and make sure you get there.
These goals don’t have to be study oriented, but could involve learning a new skill, travelling somewhere, or doing something you’ve always wanted to try.
2. Get some work experience
Whether it's an internship or part-time work at a cafe, the summer is the perfect time to give the employment side of your CV a little TLC.
Although grades are good markers of knowledge and work ethic, what will make you really stand out in later life is the real-world work experience that you have.
Internships and work experience placements are the perfect ways of demonstrating your commitment to a field, and they'll help you work out whether you like that field in the first place! And if you find that you do like something, it will help motivate you to study hard next term.
How do you get this experience? By asking. Don’t be afraid to reach out to individuals and organisations to secure that spot. Send speculative emails and make connections - the worst that can happen is that someone says ‘no’. Who knows what exciting opportunities may come from a simple message?!
Jobs are great, but this isn’t to say there’s no time in the summer for relaxation too. In fact, it’s vital to give yourself some down time!
It’s important not only to reward yourself for all your hard study, but to also make sure you’re revitalised and ready for all the opportunities September will bring.
And the holidays are also a great time to invest in friendships which may have got sidelined over the busy revision period! These relationships will be important in the coming year as you take on fresh challenges, so make sure you spend some time hanging out and reconnecting!
4. Plan your time
How to ultimately make the most of your summer? Plan, plan, plan. Unfortunately, organisation and timetabling isn’t just for the revision period - it never stops being useful in life.
Maximising your time through planning doesn’t have to be a chore, and it can be fun to mind-map your summer ideas and activities. Planning will help you make sure you achieve what you set out to, and will prevent you from feeling like you're ‘wasting’ your summer.
So there you have it. Go forth and prosper!