How to Stay Entertained Before Term Starts

When the last bell before summer rings and you slope off out of your last lecture, the long summer ahead feels never-ending. A couple of months to fill with a whole lot of plans and lots of happy memories waiting to be made.

You probably started pretty strong too. You planned lots of meet ups with friends, had the annual summer holiday with your family and you *maybe* completed all your assignments way before you go back.

But now the boredom has really started to set in.

With a few weeks to go until you’re headed back to university, the last stretch can feel like a bit of a drag. Counting down the days until you’re reunited with your uni pals and pretending to be a fresher all over again.

So, what should you do to keep yourself entertained before the fun begins again? We’ve come up with a few things you can do to keep busy.

Read Up

If the thought of having to read another textbook has put you off for reading for life, then banish those thoughts right now. Reading was recently found to improve lifespan, with those who read often live on average 2 years longer than those who don’t. If that’s not a reason to pick up a book, then I don’t know what is.

Not only is reading a good way to kill boredom, but it greatly improves your vocabulary as well. Something which will become particularly handy for all those essays you’ve got to write. If you don’t know what to read, then creating a Good Reads account and adding in the books you’ve previously read will bring up suggestions for things you may like.

Give Back

Your time is precious, but giving back to the community is one of the most rewarding things you can ever do. You can do as much or as little as you like; it could be volunteering at your local soup kitchen or building a school in Africa.

There are plenty of ways you can find out about the different opportunities available, whether you look in your local coffee shop, or online you’re bound to find something. Volunteering can also improve your career, so when you do come to apply for all those grad jobs you can proudly put volunteering on your CV.

Keep Fit

If every New Year you end up promising yourself that you’ll get fit, and then never get around to it, make your summer break the time you actually commit to starting a fitness routine. When the sun shines nothing beats a good old fashioned run around outside to get your heart pumping.

Talk to the professionals at your local gym to create a personalised fitness programme, once you’ve got a set plan to work to it can become much easier to make a longer lasting commitment to staying fit and healthy.

Improve Your Cooking

If your cooking leaves little to be desired and you’re dreading leaving the home cooked meals behind once uni begins, then why not take some time to improve your culinary skills. You never know who your new meals may impress.

Enlist the help of a friend or gather up a bunch of cook books and take up residency in the kitchen for a few hours. Start basic and work your way up to more difficult meals. You’ll certainly feel better for it once you swap the beans on toast for a nutritious and delicious meal!

Make holiday boredom a thing of the past and keep yourself entertained with these top tips, the time will whiz by before you know it. What do you like to do over summer to keep yourself entertained? Let us know in the comments or on our twitter page.

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Emily Jarvis

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