5 Ways To Spend Your Summer As A Student


Joshua Crawley
2014 Aston Graduate

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So the summer is here and you’ve all clocked off for the best part of four months. Now it’s dawned on me; as a graduate in a full time job, I’m never going to get that four month run to myself again, unless through bad fortune I find myself unemployed, but no one wants to be in that position. So, now I’m practically an old man, I thought I would share some of my wisdom with you. Here are some of the best things you can use your extended summer break for:

1) Travel

It’s kind of an obvious one here, but if you aren’t lucky enough to get a year abroad by doing a degree in languages, it might be time to spread your wings and see some of the world.  I would suggest avoiding the typical holiday destinations, unless you fancy going to Broad Street with a bit of sunshine. With cheap flights, you can see any destination in Europe. Additionally with websites such as Airbnb, you can find somewhere interesting and boutique to stay rather than your run of the mill hotel. 

2) Go To A Festival

One thing I think everyone should experience is the great British music festival. From Isle Of Wight to Reading and Leeds to even Creamfields and Bloodstock you’ll be able to find a lineup to fall in love with. Admittedly, you’ll be tired, smelly and wanting your moms cooking by day two, let alone the usual five days that most of them stretch out to, but you’ll come back home with a tonne of memories, a new appreciation of your bath and something to tick off your bucket list. 

3) Work

For some, the summer is a horrible boring experience, so why not pad out your CV and possibly earn some money at the same time? There is nothing wrong with working through the summer, it’s the responsible thing we all think we should do, but may not want to trade our lie ins for. If you can make the sacrifice, you might want to pop into careers and ask them about the possibilities of summer internships, if you’re having trouble finding one off your own back. 

4) Learn A New Skill


An instrument? Unicycle? Magic? Cooking? Whatever you fancy becoming an expert at the knowledge is right there at your fingertips, with websites like YouTube there are thousands of tutorials out there to sink your teeth into. I think it’s pretty healthy to be constantly under a process of self-improvement, so why not achieve something you’ve always wanted to do?

5) Sink Your Teeth Into A New Series

But you know what, all that self-improvement stuff isn’t for everyone, if you just want your duvet and to catch up on everything you missed whilst revising then fire up Netflix or a good book and be less aspirational. I whole heartedly endorse a day spent watching House Of Cards, or reading George R.R. Martin’s Fevre Dream if you’re already up to speed on A Song Of Ice And Fire (Game Of Thrones for you TV folks.)

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