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Best of both worlds during summer

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That time of the year is finally here again – hello summer! Uni’s out and it’s finally time for a much-needed break to relax, refresh and rejuvenate ourselves before some of us return to uni again in September. While some will be bidding farewell to Newcastle, for those of us returning, it is a countdown to one less summer before it’s our turn to leave the safety blankets of undergrad life and face reality. So, next time someone tells you to treasure your years as a student, believe it because time flies!

But on a positive note, there is no better time to prepare yourself for what lies ahead, especially with all this extra time during summer. That doesn’t mean we neglect the fun and games. Like the wisest of people have said, ‘”You can have your cake and eat it too”.

Here are some ways to make this break adventure-filled, while not losing out on the excitement it brings:

1. Go volunteer

Besides being an advocate for a cause you believe in, you also get to meet like-minded people and gain valuable skills and memorable experiences. It could be anything, from an overseas position to help impoverished communities around the world, to something within your own neighborhood. Another plus: you learn more about yourself with every type of task you take on.

2. Putting yourself out there

Don’t be afraid to jump out of your comfort zone to immerse yourself in something new. This chance can come in many forms, like going on a solo travel adventure or picking up a new sport that you didn’t think you’d enjoy. Every new experience will broaden your perspective and allow you to accept and adapt to new environments.

3. Learning new skills

Let’s face it – it’s a competitive world out there. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t stay on top of it. Take charge and do some research on what’s the type in the field you’re interested in and hop on it as quick as you can. One of the greatest blessings to our generation is the internet and the accessibility it provides in picking up a new skill with zero to minimal cost. So make complete use of it and be resourceful. It’s time to get learning, be it coding, photography, software usage or anything else under the sun.

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