Okay, so…I finished university for the summer about 5 or so weeks ago and I had a bit of a crisis about how to spend my time. At first I was loving just chilling out at home and being with the family. But, after about two weeks I started feeling a bit lost about what to do.
I don’t know if anyone else has experienced this but I just started to feel like I had absolutely nothing to do with my time. I got myself into a routine of waking up, watching daytime TV, drinking coffee and waiting for Love Island at 9pm which, I must admit, was a slightly miserable routine for a 20 year old! It got to a point where I just couldn’t sit around anymore and waste my summer. So, I took a step back and started planning my summer. There was no way I was going to sit around waiting for something interesting to happen – I realised I had to make my own fun! Here’s what I’m doing to keep busy while I’m home for the summer.
Well this is a given. I mean, you’re reading this blog post after all! Honestly I’m so glad that I started my blog a year ago because it’s just a great use of my extra time. Living in the UK, you never know what the weather is going to be like in the summertime so it’s nice to know on days when it’s a bit gloomy inside that I can just spend my day working on my blog.
Actually doing work for university
Now this isn’t exactly an exciting one but its a necessity for me. Given the fact that I’m entering my third and final year of university in September, I’ve got a dissertation to get on with. Although, I’m someone who has to gradually get my work done. I can’t just sit down and hammer through my work, I like to take my time and do a little bit here and there. As annoying as it is to have to do work over the summer, it’s something that I just have to do. Even if it is a bit boring.
Taking Up A New Hobby
Realising that I could try out a new hobby was a bit of a turning point for me this summer. I kind of just forgot that I could learn a new skill somehow (I don’t know if that makes any sense but that’s how I felt!). To be honest, I think I just got into a habit of blogging, watching TV and doing work, that I forgot that there were more things I could be learning and using my time doing. So, I decided to sign up to sewing and dressmaking course.
If you don’t know already, I’m an art student at university – so anything creative is my kind of thing. I realised that this time next year might be the last year I have with minimal responsibilities: I don’t have a job, I don’t have any serious commitments and I have plenty of free time. So, spending my time learning new skills and developing skills I already have could be incredibly beneficial to me. Especially when it comes to applying for graduate jobs for after university! The more skills I have, the more chance I have at standing out in a job application (surely?).
This is a classic way to spend your summer in my eyes. Every year I do a massive clean out of all my old clothes, books, toys, anything! Since I live away at university, I never had the time to clear out my things at home. When it comes to the summer holidays I always like to do a serious clear out. Not only do I make space for my new things but I also make a few pounds here at there from selling my unwanted items on eBay. Normally, I’ll sell a few bits and give the rest to charity. If you’re looking for a way to make a bit of extra cash over the summer then I’d definitely recommend selling on eBay.
It’s so easy for me to slip into lazy habits when I’m home for the summer. When I’m university I walk everywhere so I’m constantly active. However, when I come home I spend a lot of my time in the house. This means that I don’t really get a lot of exercise compared to my usual active lifestyle. This summer I’ve taken up running (as you might know from reading My Running Playlist post). It’s a great way for me to get in that bit of exercise that I’d normally do in university and try something new at the same time. If you’re looking to try a new workout then I’d definitely recommend giving running a go.
Thanks for reading! Do any of you feel the same when you come home for the summer from university? Surely I can’t be alone in thinking this! Let me know if you do. Comment how you’re planning to spend your summer this year. I’d love to hear what you’re all up to.