School’s Out Forever!
So it’s my last extended summer before I spend the rest of my summers behind a desk, looking longingly out at the sunshine (or rain, you can never tell with this bloody country), and I plan to make the most of it. As much as I want a job, I also want to enjoy certain freedoms while I still can. At the moment, I have no deadlines or pressing obligations, and I actually have time to do things I couldn’t when I was at university.
Therefore, I started thinking about summer plans, and what I can do to make the most of it, and here’s what I came up with:
Learn a language:
I’m currently learning German in Switzerland, but you don’t have to go to such lengths. Buy a Michel Thomas CD if you can afford it (Rosetta Stone is too pricey and, from my experience, not very good), or just make the most of online resources to relearn the languages you were taught at school.
I’m sure all graduates from all kinds of degrees will understand this, but only other English students will understand my sheer joy at being able to read whatever I want. Having spent 3 years frantically cramming the words of James Joyce or Virginia Woolf into my head at last minute, being able to sit in the sun and languorously peruse my choice of novel is a godsend.
With England finally not raining for once, now’s a great time to actually see the greatest sights England has to offer. Just make sure you pack sun cream and plenty of water.
Learn new skills:
I advise picking up two projects, one that is purely for personal enjoyment, and one that will benefit your career. For example, I plan to learn to knit as well as photoshop skills. I’m not that keen to sit indoors staring at a computer screen, but in the end it is a useful skills for an aspiring writer to have.
Whether you’re travelling or sitting in the garden, blogging is actually a fun and productive task. It’s great at encouraging you to actually do something, for me it encouraged me to write more, as I get a terrible sense of guilt when I forget to write one week.
There’s plenty that can be done in the space of a few months. You don’t want to reach September and realise you’ve wasted an entire summer watching TV or refreshing Facebook. It doesn’t even have to cost anything, just go out, get things done, and most importantly, have a great summer!