Five ways to make sure your mid-year break doesn't suck

June 02, 2016
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After a grueling 12 weeks of uni, the much-anticipated mid-year break is finally near (insert happy dance here). For many of us, the prospect of all that extra free time seems like a perfect opportunity to avoid all #adulting responsibilities and Netflix and chill the entire way through.

Although it’s tempting to spend all day on the couch, it’s probably wise to go outside and be a functional member of society sometimes - key word being ‘sometimes’.

Here are five things you can do to spice up your mid-year break.

Intern

Making professional connections while at uni is one way to help you on your path to success after graduation. And there’s no better way of building your network and experiences than doing an internship.

During semester, the combination of uni, work and social commitments can make it hard to balance anything else. With the semester drawing to a close, now’s the perfect time to search for a work placement and enhance your job perspectives.

From gaining real world experience in your field to establishing potential career pathways, there are benefits aplenty. You’ll thank yourself when you can avoid being the student who panics three months before graduation because they’ve got no idea what to do with their life.

Learn new skills

Instead of investing all of your energy in devising Game Of Thrones theories, take a bit of time to learn something cool or useful that you can apply to real life (or just for the bragging rights).

Learn a new language using an app like Duolingo, finally pick up the guitar that’s been collecting dust in the corner of your room, learn to cook more than packet mac and cheese, or book a spontaneous surfing lesson. Whatever floats your boat.

Exercise

Yes, really. I’m serious. It doesn’t necessarily have to involve daily sweat sessions at the gym, but the key is to get your body moving.

Countless studies have shown that exercise is proven to release endorphins (the feel good chemical) in your brain, making you a happier, healthier and generally a more productive human being.

So whether it’s going for a jog around the neighbourhood, signing-up for a yoga class or grabbing a couple of friends for a hike, get outside and do your body good.

Catch up with an old friend

We all have those friends from high school who we rarely see anymore, but promise to “catch up with sometime” whenever we bump into them on the train. Hold up to that promise and actually text an old friend asking to hang out because friendships are always worth it.

Treat yo’ self

Channel your inner Tom Haverford. Go on a shopping trip and splurge on that one thing you’ve been eyeing for ages, do an ‘Eat Pray Love’, or organise a road trip with friends. Just do something that’ll allow you to de-stress - and if that involves just a little bit of Netflix and chill, well, that’s OK. You deserve it.

Jessica Xiao

Jessica studies a Bachelor of Communications at RMIT University. She is an aspiring media producer, burger lover and world traveler.

Image: justine-reyesFlickr Creative Commons license

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