When I finished my A Levels, I had a plan of all the different things I wanted to do. I wanted to take a weekend away, get another job, and so the list went on. I also wanted to take a break; a week or so to relax after finishing my last exam before I got started on my list of things to do. That in itself wasn’t bad, but that week turned into two, three, four, and before I knew it I was packing my stuff in the car to go to uni.
I didn’t necessarily do nothing over the summer, but there was no way that I did all the things that I wanted to do (and it was a realistic list). I regret that a bit, because I had a chance to do things that I wanted to do, and I wasted it by doing what I do best; procrastinating. So here’s why you shouldn’t waste away your summer.
You won’t have a chance to have such a long summer again
During uni, you might have around 3 months off for the summer. Compare that to the 28 days a standard 9-5 job will give you in the future. I’m not saying that you’ll never have the chance to do the things you love or want to do again, but it might be more challenging to get them done. Do what you love now while you still have the chance.
You’ve got time to prepare
This is really for those going into third year. You have a chance to get started on your dissertation (the thing no one really wants to think about). But if you spend an hour or so each week on it, you’ll find you’ll be less stressed next year. Just think, you have all this time, so why not plan ahead?
You can learn something from every experience that will help you later on
Whether it’s volunteering locally, travelling, or getting a new job, you’ll pick up skills that you won’t learn anywhere else. These skills will help you later on, and certainly give you something to talk about when you get back to uni.
Spend these few months doing something worthwhile and something that you enjoy. But also take time to relax, have fun, and catch up with friends, especially as during this time you’re not under much pressure!