How to make the most of your final month of summer
The end of January is looming and February is upon us, which means the end of summer is fast approaching. For many, itâs probably gone by in a flash and before you know it, youâll be picking up your uni textbooks and heading back to campus. But youâve still got a month left so try to make the most of it.
Take a road trip
It doesnât have to be a long one â it could just be an hour or two out of the city.Â Pack up a car with your friends and visit a spot youâve never been to before. Australia has so many beaches, national parks and scenic routes on offer, so take advantage of them. You donât need to spend hundreds of dollars having to go abroad when really, the weather and scenery is right on your doorstep.
Host a BBQ and drinks for your mates
Getting to the end of summer, you may also be getting into the low numbers of your bank balance which isnât great for your social life. Suggest your friends host a BBQ at someoneâs house or by the beach. If everyone brings their own food and drinks, it wonât break the bank.
Spend some quality time with your family
If you have gone home for the summer break and youâre staying with your parents, youâve probably been catching up with old friends, working or just generally been out and about. Make some time for your parents and other family before you get sucked back into uni life. Try cooking for them or suggest going out to dinner (maybe if youâre lucky theyâll foot the bill).
Do something in your local area youâve never done before
You may be experiencing major FOMO from your friends who have been travelling all summer and exploring far-off lands that look incredible on Instagram. Instead of succumbing to the FOMO, soak up the vitamin D and go to some place in your local area youâve never been to. In Sydney, that could be one of the numerous coastal walks on offe. In Melbourne, why not try climbing the 1000 steps in the Dandenong Ranges? Or just outside of Brisbane, take a hike up Mount Coot-tha.
Get a job or internship lined up for the coming semester
Itâs probably the last thing on your mind to be thinking about jobs, internships and uni, but if you start searching now you could have something lined up for when you start back. Itâll get your semester off to a productive start and get you straight into a routine which youâll probably need after summer. Having a job or internship alongside study helps you focus on something other than just uni and adds to your resume, which is always a bonus.
Olivia is a lover of gin, everything Harry Potter and all things travel. Â She is currently completing her Masters of Media Practice at the University of Sydney.