How to Make the Most of the Remaining Easter Break29/03/2016
So you’ve spent the majority of your Easter break snoozing till 12pm, chilling with friends or binge-watching your favourite show on Netflix. But what happens in those precious few days right before you head back to the uni term?
Maybe you’ve already spent your Easter holiday being productive, and that’s great. But if not, here are a couple of suggestions on how to make the most of the remaining days.
1. Create a revision timetable
If you haven’t already begun revising, now’s a great time to create a timetable that’ll see you through the rest of the semester. This will be your ‘game plan’ so to speak; you’ll know exactly where you stand in your schedule and will have a better idea of what you need to do to get those desired grades.
2. Get ahead with your reading list (or read any book you haven’t read)
Reading is such an easy, cheap and rewarding activity that has been shown to boost concentration and creativity. With this last bit of extra time on your hands, why not get ahead and start on one of the Shakespeare plays you’ll be studying next week? Alternatively, pick a book you’ve always wanted to read and start it today.
3. Master a new recipe
If you’ve exhausted your existing repertoire of student-friendly recipes, now’s the perfect time to experiment in the kitchen learning a new one. Whether it’s a nutritious dinner dish or yummy baked treats, your fellow students will be more than grateful when you demonstrate your new-found skills.
4. Get out and about
Gather some friends (or even go solo) and take a road trip to a part of the UK you haven’t seen before. It could be a new exciting city or the wonderful English countryside. Wherever you choose, it’s a great way to spend the average weekday when most other normal people are stuck in work.
5. Meet up with a friend from home
If you’ve been staying in your bedroom back home for the Easter break, you may want to call on some old friends before you head back to uni again. Maintaining bonds with old friends really helps to keep a well-rounded social network…and you’ll no doubt welcome their company come graduation time!
6. Make an organised filing system
Consider getting all your notes in order before heading back to uni. Create a filing system that conveniently stores all of your work and research so far, and makes it accessible for revising.
You might also want to create a to-do list of tasks that need addressing when you return to campus – study or non-study related. This will ensure you hit the ground running when the semester starts up again.
7. Scout out a few scholarships/internships
The earlier you know what’s out there, the sooner you can plan and envision how you may be spending the next year. Many scholarship and internship applications open in January and close early spring, so make sure you’re aware of any potential opportunities so you can keep your eye on the ball.
8. Update your CV
By the same token, now is a good time to refresh your current CV or cover letter so that you’ll be ready for opportunity at a moment’s notice. This will likely include updating any irrelevant information and adding your latest achievements and skills.
Got a day or two to spare, or even just a few hours? Volunteering is fantastic, easy way to squeeze in a bit of extra-curricular brownie points and bulk up your CV, all with a relatively small portion of your time.
Seek out local and national opportunities at your student union or on your uni intranet, or check out do-it.org or Prospects.ac.uk.