That feeling as you’re crossing the exams off your calendar one by one, and you’re one day closer to your summer holidays? Now that’s happiness!
And yet, summer comes, you quickly get used to the lazy days, and before you know it, it’s September and you’re lugging your bag to the bus stop at 6:15am again.
Well, we have news for you: those three months that seem to go by at the speed of light? They’re the vacations you keep wishing to get back in the ‘grown-up’ world. But you’ll almost never have that big, golden window of free-time again.
So instead of idling away the days, as much as you don’t want to hear it, we’re going to say: You won’t remember the summers you spent binging on Netflix and sleeping in until noon.
You will remember the summer you practiced so hard that you won a spot in the school basketball team. Or the one when you spent so many hours writing your college essay that you’re sure that’s what got you into your dream university.
By the time you finish school, you would have had anywhere between 40 and 50 months of summer vacation time. Is that time that you really want to throw away?
Probably not! So we’ve done you a solid and put together a few ways for you to make the most out of your summer and come out on the other side feeling refreshed, rested and above all, a few steps ahead of where you were before summer set in.
1. Get started on or get better at an extra-curricular activity
This is the best time for you to start or master playing the piano, or adding some extra hours of football practice into your routine. Whatever it is that you pursue as extra-curricular activities – summer vacation gives you the time and flexibility of schedule to put in more hours on your own or at classes or training.
If you’re looking for some support, look through the various sports, fine arts and other sections on taddrees® to find some amazing tutors in your neighborhood. If you like your tutor and are going to be training all summer long, don’t forget to take advantage of the ‘Book 10, Pay for 8’ summer promotion!
2. Play catch up if you’re falling behind on a subject
Dull as this might sound, the summer holidays are a good, no-pressure time for you to catch up on a school subject that you’re struggling with. The great part about using your vacation afternoons for this is that you don’t have 8 other subjects to think about. You can get your one subject right with razor-sharp focus.
You’re also better off doing something productive indoors because the sweltering UAE summer won’t let you do much else. Tutors on the taddrees® database also have more flexible schedules during the summer, and have fewer private classes to take through the day, so that works in your favor, too!
3. Gear up for college applications
If you have your sights set high, and want to get into the university of your choice, it is worthwhile using your summer to thoroughly research the admissions and applications requirements and whatever other information you can find on the universities of your choice.
Look at what goes into college applications, and start prepping – you might need to work on your essay-writing skills, get a head start on preparing for your standardized tests like SAT and TOEFL, or balance out your academics by picking up an extra-curricular activity. You have time for all those things and more during the summer.
4. Get a summer job or internship
Summer jobs can be a lot of fun. Especially if you’ve zeroed in on a potential career path, try and find yourself a job or an internship in a company in your field of interest.
They also add some serious credibility to your university applications. To find a summer job, talk to as many people as possible about what you’re looking for – teachers, tutors, parents, friends, friends’ parents – everyone. You can also look online on websites like InternsME (now called Oliv)
Volunteer jobs are often only a few hours of a commitment every week, but squeezing that in during the school year might prove hard with homework and tests and everything else you have going on. But the summer is perfect to rack up some good-deed hours!
Volunteer work is also a great way to learn more about causes you care about. You also feel good knowing that you’ve done your bit to contribute to society, and probably get to meet some new, interesting people, too.
The UAE government’s official volunteering portal is a great place to start looking if you have no clue how to go about volunteering.
6. Learn a language
Learning a language can be a fun, rewarding experience – especially if you have the time to completely immerse yourself in the process. At school you probably end up doing 2 hours a week of a foreign language that you’ve chosen to study, but over the summer, you can have many more tutoring lessons, watch foreign language movies and practice in front of the mirror for hours on end.
In fact, if you’ve got a sibling or friend that might be willing to take up a language challenge with you, you can make it even more fun by practicing conversations! Prepare for a few serious laughs, though.
P.S. You can find some amazing language tutors on taddrees®, and the Book 10, Pay for 8 promotion is valid for these lessons, too!
7. Make time for quality family time
Many of us here in the UAE live away from our cousins, grandparents and extended families. Whilst being productive and using your summer to learn new things is a good idea, quality family time is also a wonderful way to spend your summer holidays.
If you’re traveling back home for the holidays, you can still pick up a hobby, or volunteer in your home country. But don’t forget to make some amazing summertime memories with your loved ones, too!
Granted: Right now you probably feel like after all the exam pressure, you just want to do nothing for a while after. We’re all for downtime – it’s crucial. But a couple of weeks of downtime will feel just as good!
You can kick into action and make the most out of the 8 weeks of summer vacation that follow. Do something with all that time – anything that adds some kind of value to yourself, because remember, the one thing you you can’t recycle is wasted time.
Happy summer, everyone! And as always, keep learning.
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