With schools, colleges and universities handing out exam papers like there’s no tomorrow and that final deadline looming, it appears as though we’re heading towards the end of another academic year. For the majority of us, simply handing in our final exam or dissertation is enough of a celebration, but if you want to let off some steam and kick-start the summer, then try this…
Organise a banging end-of-term party
If you’re celebrating your final year of college or university, then the chances are that you might never see some of your classmates again. Well, until you’re middle-aged and making awkward small-talk at a reunion, that is. One of the best ways to celebrate the end of term and say goodbye to your peers is to organise an awesome party, so get planning, order some alcohol and spread the word. This one could get messy!
Enjoy a getaway with your friends
If you’re a little more reserved or you’re not a party animal, then you may want to gather your closest school friends and organise a getaway to the countryside. What better way to relax after a busy school year than with your pals in the middle of nowhere, exploring the sights and getting caught up on some much-needed sleep. If you’re planning on bringing the whole class, then you’ll be able to find a range of large holiday homes here in the United Kingdom. The hardest part is getting all of your friends to agree on the same week – and to figure out who’s driving!
Create a yearbook to remember your classmates
Don’t let all of those memories go to waste; create a yearbook and get everyone in your class involved. Take pictures, share funny stories… you could even bring the yearbook into the 21st century and create a video, instead. We recommend starting a couple of months in advance in order to get everyone’s quotes, pictures and memories, so if you’ve not started yet, get cracking!
Join a community project
Summer is fast-approaching, and if you’re lucky enough to be able to spend the next eight weeks without being pressured into getting a job, then you may want to consider signing up for a community project to give back and add something to your CV to show off to future employers. Whether it’s volunteering at a local soup kitchen, becoming a fundraiser for a good cause, or simply tidying up your local park with a group of green-fingered friends, there are lots of options.
Catch up on sleep
We’ve saved the best one til last. Unless you’re a natural genius with a photographic memory, then you’ll likely have spent the majority of the past year fretting, worrying and staying up way too late thinking about that project and putting it off. Now that all of those stresses are out of the way, it’s time to hit the sack – and stay there for a week or two. You’ve earned your rest and relaxation, so don’t feel guilty for spending a day or two under the covers with Netflix and a tube of Sour Cream and Onion Pringles. We’re not judging, even if your parents are!
If you’re coming to the end of your academic year, congratulations! Take the time to treat yourself, whether that’s with a boozy weekend, a holiday with your friends or a lock-in in your bedroom. Above all else, make the most of your youth, because it really won’t last forever!