You were probably very excited about going home to spend the just-concluded spring break.
Two weeks could, however, feel interminable if all you planned on doing is eat and sleep the whole time. Yes, it might have started off great, staying in bed for long hours, but slowly and surely boredom did set in. Below are some productive yet fun things you could have done.
1. Catch up with old friends
Enjoy the company of friends that you’ve missed since you returned to campus. Have lunch with them and find out what they’ve been up to since you last saw them. This could lead to very interesting conversations
2. Feast your eyes on some cinematic entertainment
All through the past weeks, you’ve been busy with coursework and now you can indulge yourself in catching up on your favorite TV shows, new episodes, new movies, and documentaries.
3. Improve on a skill
That was a good time to improve on your skills; cooking, learning how to ride a bike or driving? Did you put in some time to achieve this for a rewarding experience? Perhaps, next time.
4. Read a book
Whether you enjoy doing this as a hobby or you intend to pick it up, you and your friend(s) could have read a book at home and then discuss it when you get back to campus. You can get free books online such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, and different editions of George R.R. Martin’s book series on which the popular TV show ‘Game of Thrones’ is based.
5. Revisit your New Year resolution
Whatever your New Year resolutions are--to work out in the gym, eat healthily or spend less, it was time to revisit your goals and make plans on how to get back on track.
6. Declutter your digital life
Free up memory space on your devices by clearing out your inbox, cleaning out your recycle bin and web browser (you can use Piriform’s Cleaner application to do this), and organizing your folders.
7. Study ahead
The mid-term exams have probably been set at a week or two after resumption. Did you use this time to study ahead to prevent getting “freaked out” over too much workload on return?
8. Teach a family member how to use a computer
Show off your new computer skills by teaching your siblings or parents how to do cool stuff with the computer. This would earn you ‘genius’ status in their eyes ☺
By Fortune Chuku, a graduate student