There's something invigorating about the summer - especially for overworked college and university students! During the summer, the weather is warmer, the air is fresher, the opportunities are greater, and the fun activities abound. The warmth, freshness, fun and excitement offers Canadian students a reprieve from full academic schedules. It’s a time to relax, socialize, de-stress and recuperate from the academic and social pressures. It’s also a time to do all the things you couldn’t do during the school year, and since the summer is short, you've got to make the most of your time. Here are a few ways to achieve an epic summer!
Advance Your Hobby or Explore a New One
Most people have hobbies that they love to do, but not everyone has time to do them during the school year. The summer presents the perfect opportunity to indulge in your hobbies, so if you like to play an instrument, a sport, paint or hike, now's the time to practice, work on your skills and just enjoy doing what you love.
Take a Trip with Friends and/or Family
For many, spending time with their family and/or friends during the summer is a given, but taking a trip together can be a real time to bond. Trips are opportunities to catch up, relive and make new memories, share experiences and learn more about one another. They're also a time to relax, de-stress and truly leave school behind. Camping or taking a road trip can enhance bonding and relaxation, and these types of trips tend to be affordable for most students.
Do Some Self-Reflection
The summer is a great time to do a little self-reflection. Calm your mind and improve focus with relaxation techniques that can carry over to and be used in your academic career. It can also help you find solutions to complex problems, explore difficult or stressful aspects of your life and become more self-aware and confident. Self-awareness and confidence can promote fulfilment and equate
to improved academic performance.
Volunteering can be good for the soul and an effective use of free time. As a volunteer, your work could help those in need as well as your entire community. Volunteer work can also:
- Promote self-growth
- Help you learn new skills
- Connect you to the community
- Help you develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for others
- Allow you to foster new relationships and improve your social skills
- Provide networking opportunities for future employment opportunities
While volunteering, you might also meet other students who could provide new information about your school, the surrounding community, and more.
Get a Job
While working might not be the most relaxing summer activity, it is one the best uses of your time. Not only can a job maximize your productivity, it can also improve your financial situation. You can save money for the upcoming school year, use it for books, housing, and fun, while also adding to your work experience and acquiring new skills. This experience and these skills could be transferred to your future career.
Making the most of your summer includes finding great housing for the upcoming school year. Regent Student Living is your source for St. Catharines student housing that's close to campus and packed full of the things students want and need in an awesome place to live. Contact us today!