12 July 2021

10 Ways To Make The Most of Your 10 Weeks of Summer

Take a look at our 10 things to do to keep busy and productive over the summer break and prepare to start your university course.

Yay, you’ve made it to the end of the college year. So, what’s next? You might think that 10 weeks of doing nothing sounds like heaven but we know by day 3 or 4 you could start to get a little restless. Here are 10 things you can do to make the most of your summer and get prepped for starting Uni in September.

1. Find Work Experience
If you have your future in mind then using your free time to gain valuable work experience is a must. It can help you develop important personal and professional skills and it looks great on your CV too!

2. Take A Trip
In the current climate, foreign travel is a little tricky, but there are plenty of great places to visit right here in the UK! We can’t promise the sun, but if it’s a beach you’re after, there’s plenty of beautiful blue flag beaches on our coastline.

3. Research Your Course
Ten weeks might sound like a long time but you’ll soon be arriving at UA92 for your first-year induction and Welcome Week. Get a head start and spend a little time researching your subject modules. Don’t forget, you don’t need to splash out on new textbooks, our digital library will mean you are never short of accessing textbooks once you start your course.

4. Meet Your Classmates
Making lifelong friends is part of the university experience, so why not get started early by joining our Fresher’s Facebook group. Plus, it’ll make your first day so much easier if you already have some familiar faces around you. Join here.

5. Results Day Prep
You might not want to think about it too much, but it’s likely your results will be landing in August and this could impact your future plans. It’s always a good idea to be prepared, so do a little research about your options and what to expect on results day. Find out more about Clearing at UA92 here.

6. Volunteer
Volunteering is a win, win! You get to do something good and it looks great on your CV. Top tip - try and find a cause you’re passionate about and you’ll enjoy the experience even more.

7. Set A Fitness Goal
A student survey supported by Sport England found that students who are physically active are less likely to experience loneliness and have more confidence of finding employment. So, get moving! Just 30-minutes of exercise, a couple of times a week, can make a big difference.

8.Rest And Recharge
There are 7 types of rest you need to feel recharged; physical, mental, sensory, creative, emotional, social and spiritual. Make sure you add some good practices into your daily routine and you’ll have all the energy you need to attack the day!

9.Learn To Cook
If you’re not already a MasterChef or Star Baker, then it might be a good time to learn a few simple healthy dishes, especially if you plan on moving into student accommodation during your first year. You’ll find lots of recipes to try here.

10. Learn A New Skill
Keep your brain active and enrol on one of the millions of Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs for short, available for free and online. Browse the most popular courses and subjects here.

And after all that, if you’re still twiddling your thumbs, you can always revisit our 92 Things To Do in Lockdown list for more inspiration but this time you can now include your friends in the activities!


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