In between the season finale of Game of Thrones, and the return of Suits, a major chunk of our summer break has gone by. While some of us started the break binge-watching our favourite shows, others went ahead and started drafting a plan for their career. Many others started completing their bucket list of summer plans they made during exams. And then there are those who are still hiding behind their laptops, parked in front of their TV, doing absolutely nothing. If you belong to this category of people, jolt your bones awake! What you don’t realise is that the summer break is the perfect time to catch up with your reading lists, to meet friends and to enjoy uninterrupted time to travel and discover new places. Listen up couch-potatoes, it’s time to get up. Here are 5 reasons to get off your beloved couch this summer!
1. No one likes couch potatoes:
Waking up around noon and taking a nap right afterwards seemed fun in school. In college, it’s not quite so. There is no fun in dwelling in existential crises all day and hiding behind our laptops. Not anymore. I believe it’s nice to have a plan, to have a sense of where you are going. The summer break is a perfect opportunity for you to introspect and hone your talents or discover new possibilities altogether. It’s the time to be proactive and enthusiastic about the future without the hustle and bustle of college life. If you like to read, you could start a blog. If you want to have a stalker-worthy Instagram feed, do something other than napping and watching TV. A little of this introspection and hard work will go a long long way.
2. Get a Summer job/Internship:
In between the internet bills, college tuition, lunch money and other innumerable expenses of a college student, there is hardly any money left to do anything else. Taking up a summer job or an internship could possibly bring your wallet back to life. More importantly, it will also keep you busy and you could potentially also enjoy a productive summer doing something meaningful. To top it all, these internships will also add some colour to your resumes. Start searching for your ideal work opportunity on Letsintern now.
3. Hit the Gym!
Who doesn’t like eating and sleeping all day. But doing that is only leading you to serious-worded diseases and health issues. Use the calm of the break to lose that “examination weight” already. Hit the gym or do some yoga, do something! Go for a walk, get together with a bicyclist group, enroll in a swimming class or join a sports team.
4. Travel is non-fattening and helps the economy:
If you are fortunate enough to vacation in luxury hotels and resorts, then I might strongly dislike you, stalk your Facebook feed and wallow in jealousy almost all the time. If you ever get an opportunity to discover a new place, seize it! Start with discovering your own city, or travel a brand new place.Travelling is multidimensional, exploration is educational. It moulds your life in a way that you envision things with a clearer mind, and it helps you understand your own self better. Plus, you’ll always have a cool story to share about your adventures and escapades later on. Read: 5 reasons why college is the best time to travel.
5. Turn a new interest into a hobby:
I love to read. I read anything and everything, including the back of a blue Lays’ packet. If there’s a certain thing you like to do, follow it up religiously. If you love to read as well, you could start a blog and connect with other bookworms. If you wish to volunteer with your local organizations, you can do it now without the daily interruption of college. If you love to draw, you could build up an entire portfolio of sketches before college! Here are some projects to help you get started.
Here’s to a more productive summer, whatever is left of that anyway. Cheers!
This article was written by Surbhi Arora for DU Beat.