Semester 3 activities have come to an end and it is finally time to breathe in the holiday air. Some of us may have no idea how or where to begin. With my brain running on overtime, I have come up with some ideas on how we as ‘sucker for punishment’ people (as defined in one of my previous blogs) can prevent squander of the time we have left before Semester 1 begins.
1. Go on an adventure
Get together with a group of friends, or go solely if preferred, and head off on an adventure. Travel somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. You’re probably thinking, ‘yeah, right, I’m a uni student, like THAT’S gonna happen’ but it doesn’t have to be exotic, nor expensive. Even a national park within your vicinity would suffice. Take along a picnic lunch, togs and your comfy joggers for the authentic bush experience. After all, swimming, eating and bushwalking are all elements of this serenity!
Approach your local organisations who would welcome an extra asset to their team temporarily. For them, the additional assistance would be beyond valuable. For you, a stupendous encounter is virtually guaranteed. You may even decide to continue this once uni starts. A win-win situation really! Adding to this benefit is an appealing quality to add to your CV that employers admire.
3. Watch new/favourite movies
The demands of study don’t always allow you to relax for a WHOLE couple of hours so what better time than now to do so. Pick up a packet of popcorn and curl up on the couch to watch your favourite movie or go down to the video store to grab one you haven’t seen before. Otherwise, make an outing out of it and head down to the cinemas with family or friends – that way you can catch up with your loved ones at the same time as viewing the latest flick.
4. Get active
Again, time always seems to be to blame when it comes to exercising throughout the academic periods of the uni year. To avoid this, start going for a jog or walk most days of the week to get into an active routine before uni starts again. Doing so is likely to train your body into a habit of exercise. If this doesn’t entice you, do some research on local gyms and/or exercise programs that you can afford. This option is fairly likely to provide motivation – especially if a personal trainer is involved. Or even worse, your bank details are required and keeping fit dips into your uni drained account!
5. Prepare for Semester One
Although even thinking about more uni work is the last thing a Semester 3 student would feel like doing right now, there’s nothing worse than starting a new uni year unprepared. This is admittedly one of my favourite times – the prospects of different subjects, meeting new lecturers and other people involved in the program, not to mention my strange infatuation with stocking up with an awesome new range of stationery! I also look forward to walking into USQ Bookshop at the start of every semester, with my course codes in tow, to surprise myself with the cover of each textbook I am going to need. Yes, I somewhat sneakily mentioned “the cover” only. But in all seriousness, having your books, stationery and textbooks organised prior to the semester is a fresh way to start the academic year. It also isn’t a bad idea to access Study Desk to discover what you’re in for through Semester 1, so that everything isn’t too overwhelming come the first day!
Aside from these activities, the rest of the holidays could be spent by simply picking up your favourite book, reading a new one, or even having a barbeque to catch up with family and friends that you normally wouldn’t have time to see as often. Whatever it is you choose to do, make sure you make the most of the time left and that relaxing is included in the equation. The last thing you want to do is burn out before the year has started!
How do you plan on finishing your holidays?