How to Spend The Holiday for Students
Deciding how to spend the holidays, for students is no easy decision. After a long and quite interesting school year, we tend to look forward to the holidays as an avenue to rest, catch up on some sleep and just have fun. These are all great, but then how many times have we seen holidays drag by before our very eyes, then in the last few days we’re left wondering where the long holiday went? A lot of times! And most times, we really want to be productive and wonder how to be productive during the holiday.
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To truly make the most of your time, you’ve got to plan for it. There are so many things you could be doing over the long vacation. Here are just a few ideas.
7 Productive Things to do During the Holidays
1. Learn a New Skill
You’ve spent so much time with your books, this is the perfect time to gather skills that can put you a step ahead of your peers (it would take time and dedication though).You can look for holiday programmes that teach the skill you’ve been hoping to learn – whether it’s swimming, driving or cooking! You can even find books on the subject and teach yourself. Google is your best friend; and even if you don’t have the necessary tools, it would tell you how and probably where to get them, with pictures too!
2. Get Together
We often times don’t remember our friends during the holidays and when school resumes we act like strangers trying to start up a conversation or hold one due to the time spent apart. It’s quite awkward I must say. Not to mention the friends and relatives that don’t attend the same school as you, that you never get the chance to see during the session. To prevent that, you could plan a couple of get-together to catch up. Some ideas include a library meet; where you get to choose a book and review, a game; scrabble, chess, world play, anything that is beneficial and would keep your brain cells alive and active.
3. Join a Club/Group
“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop’’ they say. So if the devil gets busy in your mind, then what’s your excuse? You need to find something that keeps you busy and what better way to do that than finding a group of people with similar interests as you? You can search on the internet or in your community for meet ups such as Book clubs, tech clubs, study groups, sports clubs, hiking groups etc around you and use them to keep yourself busy. Give yourselves projects – e.g for a book club, you can all agree to read a particular book for the week and discuss it in the next meet up.And, hey, if you can’t find a group you like, maybe you can form one yourself!
4. Get a part time job
What a wonderful opportunity to have a hands-on office experience. You’re never too young to start learning what it’s like to get ahead in the corporate world. At this point, the stipend shouldn’t be your focus, instead think about the wealth of knowledge you can harvest. You get to see the practical aspect of what you’ve been learning within the four walls of your classroom. You also learn how to interact with others on a professional level, how to set goals, targets and all the little steps needed to achieve them. The experience might be overwhelming at first but in few days you would begin to grasp the activities and play the role you’ve been assigned to with grace and poise.
If you’d rather not be in an office setting, you can also put your already existing skills (or passion to work) by volunteering for something you’re good at. Is there something you have passion for, that you can sacrifice your time, energy and perhaps money (if you have some)? A lot of organizations are in search of volunteers who are willing to go the extra mile. Whatever group you end up volunteering for, make sure you give at least a 100% more than you would a paid job. The experience gathered would help prepare you for the future. Know that some of these organizations are quite flexible and if the workload isn’t too much, you can combine with school or return to them during the next holiday, which is very different from a paid job.
6. Keep Fit
Having a healthy mind works alongside a healthy body, so make time for your health by taking care of your body. Watch what you eat. Don’t worry, you don’t have to quit all your favorite foods. You can just start small to cut out the unhealthy stuff and then build gradually. Remember, it’s not how much but how well, so be consistent. Follow an exercise routine and have realistic goals, the type you’re sure to achieve, then set another and keep doing so. Remember to reward yourself for each milestone you’ve been able to cover. Have a friend who encourages you or is passionate about keeping fit too.
7. Plan for next term
Don’t allow the new school year catch you by surprise. Fix your bags and shoes; get new clothes or uniforms, the necessary books and material(s) you’d need. Inform your parents early enough about resumption dates so that they can plan for it too!
If you’re up to it, you can even request for the subjects you would be offering the following year and read ahead, that way you already have background knowledge of what is going to be taught in school and you can shine in class.
Note: Before making any ‘big’ decision, if you’re a minor, you may need to seek permission from your parent/ guardian first. Be on your best behavior and have a wonderful vacation!
You may choose any of these tips, more than one if possible. Whatever you decide, follow through with it and try to make the most out of this break.
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