For those of you who live your lives according to the student calendar you will have noticed that the Summer Term has just finished. For the students amongst us this means that the stress of exams is now over and the long summer is stretching out in front of you. To help you avoid squandering all this time off, here are six suggestions to help you make the most of your summer.
1. Be active outside
Being free of a schedule that traps you in a library, a lecture theatre or an office, gives you the opportunity to be out and about enjoying the summer sun. Hikes, bike rides, beach trips, climbing, picnics and stargazing are all good activities to make the most of the warm weather.
2. Read something enjoyable
You spend a lot of your time at university being told what to study. Now you’re at home, and free from that yoke, read a book that you’ve always wanted to. Pick up a classic or the latest best seller. You won’t regret the time that you put into stretching your mind, and the information you gain will likely help you in a pub quiz at some point in the future!
3. Earn some money
Living as a student in London isn’t cheap. So invest some of your time in activities that will help you refill your personal coffers. It also helps keep you productive and it’s a great way to spend time with people.
4. Don’t neglect your walk with God
It’s easy to let your relationship with God slip down your priority list when you don’t have a steady routine. Instead, be deliberate about spending time with God and set-aside time to pray. Maybe research a question you’ve always wanted to know the answer to or study a particular book of the Bible.
5. Do something memorable
Hitchhike to another country. Go to a festival or wild swimming. Visit somewhere new, even if it’s just exploring somewhere close to home. Attempt to write a song, even if you don’t play a particular instrument; or try your hand at writing poetry. You’ll be able to look back on it as your youthful creative phase!
6. Spend unhurried time with friends
Many of you will never have such a long holiday again. Having this time off is a rare gift, and it’s one that you get to share with your friends; so enjoy spending extended periods of time with them.
One great way of achieving four of these six things is to join lots of people from ChristChurch London at Momentum, a five day festival taking place at Shepton Mallet over the Bank Holiday weekend. (Seamless link, huh?)
At Momentum we’ll be thinking about what it means to live for Jesus in our universities and workplaces (and anywhere else we find ourselves). There’ll be plenty of time to eat food, catch up, have fun, play games, do nothing, chill out etc etc…
Whatever you end up doing this summer I hope you have a wonderful time. We look forward to having you back in London in September!
Image: sunglasses by Natalie Barletta, used under CC