A Student trying to stay Productive over Summer

It’s similar for a lot of people, we get excited for summer but by the time it comes around we’re stuck in the house bored out of our minds.

Right now I’m at the start of my summer and I’ve already done most of my plans! I’ve been on holiday with my boyfriend, I’ve seen my friends that I haven’t seen in ages, I’ve watched the summer blockbusters at the cinema, and as a result of these I am left with no money (well..minus money because I am now in my student overdraft).

Apart from trying to find a job, which is the obvious solution I find, I don’t need my mum nagging at me about how unemployed I am! Finding a job is hard especially when most of the jobs which are available sound mind numbingly boring!

So here is a list which a want to complete over the time that I’m not at university, it can also help you lovely readers too if you also find that you find yourself struggling for things to do over summer:

  1. Get a normal sleeping pattern sorted so most of the day isn’t wasted sleeping. Kitten, Cat, Feline, Pets, Animals
  2. Write a list of books you really want to read, and finally get round to reading them. Light, Lamp, Bedside Lamp, Illumination
  3. Write more! Whether it’s blogging, letter writing or fictional. Keeping up with writing skills will come in handy when the time comes to return to university.
  4. Workspace, Place Of Work, Work
  5. Get creative. Look on Pinterest! There is always a tonne of inspiration on there, whether it’s D.I.Y or making a card for your friend’s birthday. Pinterest, Facebook, Social Media, Media
  6. Exercise! It’s typical to find this on a to-do list. But now that my uni gym’s subscription is over and the gyms around me are way too expensive, I’m going to try and do some simple exercises at home. Stuck for ideas? Go to Cassy Ho’s Youtube, she is brilliant!  
  7. Spruce up your CV now while you have time. Taking time on this can really pay off, set it out nice and simple (oh and delete those other 20 old CVs on your laptop).
  8. Put your CV on LinkedIn, make yourself more vulnerable to opportunities you want! Road Sign, Town Sign, Success, Career
  9. Do some of that extra course reading now. Yeah it might not happen, but future me would be grateful.
  10. Make eating more fruit and veg a habit! Whether it’s a smoothie for breakfast or snacking on carrot sticks while you watch OITNB, this will give you more energy to do all this other stuff ^^^ Vegetables, Tomatoes, Delicious, Frisch
  11. A well deserved detox. Your body will be thankful when you run out of money, give your liver a breather from all that Glen’s vodka you’ve been giving it since last September.

What do you think? Do you guys have any other ideas how I can stay productive?

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

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I absolutely love to read, especially in the summer when I’m relaxing outside in my garden whilst trying to avoid the wasps, bees and spiders *shiver*.  While on holiday I finished Nineteen Eighty-Four, as you all probably know it’s a classic, therefore it surprised me that I’ve never read this before.

If you have never heard of this novel, it is by the famous author George Orwell (he writes beautifully), he writes about the character Winston Smith in the year…well… guess. Set in Aitstrip One (Great Britian) within the superstate of Oceania. There are three superstates mentioned in this book and they are constantly at war with one-an-other. The three classes (inner party, outer party and the proles) are ruled by the party Ingsoc  who promote the whole “Big Brother is watching you” thing, basically if you even think badly of the party or independently (thoughtcrime in Newspeak) the “Thought police” will arrest you and take you to “The Ministry of Love” which is nothing like what the name suggests, because within there they torture and brainwash people.

It took me a while to get through as it starts off really slow, with the first part (the book is made up of three parts) mainly outlining the principles of Newspeak. This being the language used within the novel. This I thought was pretty simple as it is basically a more concise version of English, I don’t think there was any need for the book to be as long as it was. It was only until part two when I got hooked, which is unusual, because usually when I start reading a new book I can’t put it down.

Ever since the publication in 1949, many of the terms used within this book have latched onto everyday life. Such as Big Brother and Room 101.

After reading the book I thought I would watch the film. This was a bad idea. It was terrible. John Hurt is an amazing actor and I love his work, but it’s only his acting which is a positive in this production, all the other acting was not up to scratch. Like most films based on books I was not surprised when they cut some bits out, but some of the bits which they cut I thought were fundamental to the story.  Also if somebody watched the film without having read the book beforehand, they would have no idea what was going on.

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My advice, if you haven’t read this book defiantly read it even though it does start slow. Plus if you have or haven’t read it, don’t watch the film.

If you have read this book or watched the film what did you think of it?

-BethanNicole