When you think about it, if Danny and Sandy spent less time over summer floundering on the beach and more time productively working towards their future, they probably wouldn’t have got caught up in all the gangs and drama they did.
I was one of the lucky students who never had to study over summer semester, so I was silly and did a Danny. I spent my first summer off playing xBox and chilling with my ‘gang,’ but soon realised I hadn’t done myself any favours. With hindsight in mind, here’s some options for you, so you don’t waste your four-month break.
1 – MAKE THAT PAPER
Going to university and the arduous study at home can really get in the way of consistent hours at work. Having no money sucks, so don’t miss the opportunity to earn some hard dosh while you’ve got time during the week.
Also, don’t be a giddy goat and spend everything you make. Put some away and save towards a holiday, or just keep it as a back-up stash for next semester.
2 – GET OUT AND ABOUT
If you do happen to have money after Semester 2, get out and splash it (responsibly). It doesn’t have to be as eccentric as going on a Contiki trip around the Greek Islands, but even a trip to Sydney or Melbourne can clear your head and serve as a reward for your hard work at uni.
3 – BE IMPRESSIVE
Summer is the perfect time to get ahead of your classmates and potentially impress a couple of industry professionals. Get the feelers out early and butter someone up for a week’s work or even more at a company you want to work for. Whether it’s an internship or volunteering, even if you don’t get paid, you’d be surprised how far making coffee for a week will take you in the long run.
Pro Tip: LinkedIn is the tinder of employment, get on that boat!
4 – DIY STUDY
Just because you aren’t enrolled in a subject over summer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep up to scratch with your learning. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it, and by ‘it’ I mean the urge to study. It’s hard to come back from four months off and it can be a real drag to get re-motivated. The library is still open over summer, so maybe just schedule a few hours a week to hire a textbook and keep it fresh.
5 – HAVE FUN!
After grilling poor old Danny and Sandra D earlier, I do admit that you should flounder about on a beach every now and then. You should also play a bit of xBox and spend time with friends. The same as you would if you had uni, practice a good work/life balance and make time for everything. If you are organised, you can fit all five of these things into four months easily, so if you haven’t already, GET ON LINKEDIN!! You’ll thank me later.
Until next time,