AJ’s advice – summer
|June 16, 2012||Posted by Alaa Jasim under AJ's Advice|
And we’re back! After a couple of weeks of absence, AJ’s Advice has returned just in time for summer. A lot of us this year round will have a pretty long post-study leave holiday, and we may not really be sure how to spend it. Whatever you do though, make sure you enjoy it – get into the sunshine and make the most of it, because let’s face it, it’s not going to be there for long. For a good proportion of us, this might be the summer before we jet off to university, which is exciting and scary at the same time. Let’s all just have a good summer and enjoy it before the madness of going back to school or heading to university. Here are my top tips for ways to spend the holiday:
Spend some time with friends
This applies mostly to those of us going our own ways in September. Get out into the sunshine and have fun with the people who until now you’ve spent time with pretty much every day at school. You’re going to see each other a lot less (unless you’re all going to the same place, which is unlikely) so don’t just fizzle out; spend some time in your little group and just have a laugh. We all need to do that from time to time, and now we have the perfect opportunity.
Strapped for cash? Saving up for uni? Just generally a poor student? Try and get a summer job. Update your CV and give it out. You might just get lucky and find something. Even if you don’t really need the money, getting the experience is good and you might make some new friends – who knows? If you’re just looking for somewhere to volunteer, then incidentally we’re looking for writers here at TSR (hint hint, nudge nudge).
Do something different
This doesn’t have to be anything massive – it could just mean going on a road trip or visiting somewhere you haven’t been in a while. You could go to the beach with some friends, spend more time with the family, anything really! Maybe even just go to the theatre; people don’t seem to do that very much any more, do they?
Forget about exams
Because you can! Don’t worry about them now – there’s nothing you can do to change them, and as long as you’ve done your best, that’s all you can do, right? Make sure you get some time to yourself, have a rest and give yourself some time to relax after all the tedious and boring revision. Go crazy and have a movie marathon: you could do that with some friends, or with some family if that’s more your thing. You can do literally anything you like now, so take advantage of the time! Otherwise you’ll just get really bored and end up redecorating the house. (Or is that just me again? Awkward.)
Make sure you put sun cream on if you’re going out into the sun. Don’t overdo it, but do have a blast: this is your time to do everything and anything that you couldn’t do during term time! That’s all from me this week, and I’ll see you next time. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch – questions and comments are, as always, welcome. Thanks for reading.