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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Down it fresher – University 101

I mentioned that I’ve started university (again) in a previous post. But I think it’d be helpful to share my experiences and a few do(es)/don’t(s) with the internet.

I moved into my halls on Thursday the 18th and was instantly shocked with how different everyone in my flat was. Same with people on my course.

I’m a bit of a weirdo so I’ve been trying not to bombard people with my personality too quickly, I think easing people in is a good plan. But on the flip side, you’re not going to make many pals if all you do is constantly judge people.

Loads of people (including me) get really put down if they don’t meet their best friends in fresher’s week. Getting to know people takes time, and it’ll be so worth it when you make close friends.

5 tips for freshers:

  1. Those canvas bags you keep getting from club/fast food promo? Don’t throw them away, do keep them and use them for when you’re doing a food shop. Otherwise you’ll get bombarded with millions of plastic bags and be forced to throw them away.
  2. Do bring a printer with you! Especially is you have a fair distance to walk to the uni library. Printers are useful for printing off tickets for a club as well as essays and handouts.
  3. Don’t overwhelm yourself. University is going to come as a big change in lifestyle for you, especially if you’re moving city/country. So don’t think you can go to 18 hours worth of lectures, 7 clubs, 4 society meetings a week. All whilst getting 9 hours of shut eye each night. It’s not going to work.
  4. Do realise that not everyone at university will have the same experiences/come from the same cultures and you. Take advantage of this and ask questions, get to know people. You don’t have to have things in common with people to become friends.
  5. Do try and go out as much as possible during freshers to get to know people. If clubbing isn’t your thing, join people for pre-drinks or go to the pub. Don’t sit on your own in your room all the time..

At uni? Graduated from uni? Put forth some tips too, make a discussion out of it!