With a few months of no assessments, no exams and (hopefully!) no stress, it’s time for a much-needed break. However, unless you’re attending summer school (good luck!) or travelling somewhere (take me with you?!), those summer months can drag on with nothing to do. Here are some suggestions in case you go through one too many TV shows and you need an excuse to stop being a turtle!
- Go to the beach. Sun and sand in Sydney, what more can you ask for? Soak in all that Vitamin D and come back in the new semester with that glowing tan. Don’t forget that sunblock though!
- Grab some friends for a road trip. Nothing like driving down an open road with the windows down and the perfect summer playlist.
- Donate blood. I’m not a fan of needles myself (though who is?) but the few months of summer is the perfect opportunity to pay it forward and still have plenty of time to rest up.
- Watch a movie at the drive-in. Whether it’s a chick flick, thriller or childhood cartoon, why not enjoy the latest in film while also getting some fresh air? The Drive-In at Blacktown is definitely on the to-do list this summer!
- Paint something. Not everyone is an artist, but everyone has an artistic side. So grab a canvas or a stack of paper or even some ceramics and produce something you can proudly say you created with your own hands.
- Build an epic sandcastle. Who says sandcastle building is just for kids? But if you’re asking for my advice, you should definitely take it up a notch from a few mounds in the sand to a castle fit for a king. Any excuse to let out the inner-child, right?
- Go paint balling. What’s a few bruises when you can cover your friends with paint, yell at the top of your lungs and still squeeze in some healthy exercise? Now that’s what I call a win-win.
- Visit a theme park at night. Sydney City at night is one of the most gorgeous sights to behold, and the lights at theme parks are no different. Fairy floss and a ferris wheel are the perfect way to celebrate a warm summer’s eve.
- Do a photo shoot (as the photographer or the model!). Whether it’s your keen eye or your gorgeous smile, find the confidence to be proud of the skin you’re in.
- Volunteer. It’s always important to give back to the community, and with so many worthwhile causes and so much time on our hands, what’s a few hours of selfless volunteering?
- Create your own work space. Prepare yourself for what’s ahead by creating the optimal workspace for productivity. Whether it’s getting rid of that huge TV screen or adding in a filing cabinet, set yourself up success for the semester ahead.
- Go on a hike. The perfect way to experience Mother Nature and appreciate her too!
- Take lots of photos. Our memories get hazy over time, so document as much as you can. (But don’t let the photo taking take you away from living in the moment!)
- Learn something new. As cliché as it sounds, make the most of the time you have. Pick up that instrument or take that acting class while you can, att least you can say you’ve tried it. And best case scenario? You discover a hidden talent.
- Attend a market. With so many popping up all over Sydney, why not?
- Reconnect with old friends and family. With busy university schedules and part-time jobs, it’s easy to lose sight of some of the people that have been instrumental in making you who you are today. It’s easy to keep writing people off saying we don’t have time, but now with a fairly-free schedule, don’t neglect to show them how much they mean to you.
- Master a recipe. We all know food is life, so even if it’s just one recipe, master it!
(Credits to G. Barrientos for the recipe, late night snack and photo)
- Go for a run . Whether it’s the Bay Run, a lap around your block or for a good cause like the Night Colour Run (coming February 2016!), definitely get up and get those running shoes on instead of just scrolling through Instagram and telling yourself you have all summer to do it.
- Keep a journal–trust me.
- Get some quiet time. In the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to forget that we need to be selfish sometimes. So whether it’s a read by the pool, a coffee at the park or just lying in bed and having a Netflix binge, spend some quality time with you.
P.S. I’ll be doing my best to get through this list, so if anyone has any other suggestions (or knows of good beach or hike destinations!) definitely let us know!
By Samantha Clemente