Summer Withdrawals & How to Defeat Them

Back to school – we all know the feeling. Whether you spent your entire summer travelling and relaxing, or whether you were slaving away at a job, internship or volunteer position, there’s a certain panic that accompanies the end of summer and the transition back to school life. The chilling expectation of winter weather aside, fall semester can be intimidating in a way that winter semester often isn’t: your brain isn’t functioning like it used to, you’re reading slower, your handwriting is way messier and there is no reading week to look forward to. Fall semester, however, is the best time to get active both on and off campus! Here are some ways to maximize your first few months back:

Get Involved Now

Although the craziness of add/drop, the endless readings that have already started piling up and the lure of OAP is enough to distract anyone from seeking opportunities that only seem to add to our cumulative stress, September is the best time to start searching for work/intern/volunteer/club opportunities. Most on campus clubs and jobs start recruiting in September so start looking now, even if nothing ends up catching your eye, to avoid having regrets later. Those endless emails that keep flooding into your mailbox and are left unopened? Open them! Chances are you’ll come across some great events and opportunities happening on campus including internship fairs, activities nights, guest lectures and more!

Get Outside Now

Listen, we all know how tough Montreal winters can be. And realistically, in less than give or take two months, we’re going to be suffering well into April. For the majority of us that aren’t lucky enough to experience Montreal in all its summertime glory, take the time now to explore the city and take advantage of outdoor activities that might [100% will] seem unbearable come November. Here are some of my favorites:

Jean Talon Market

For those of you who haven’t been, this market is beyond amazing! The local produce is fresh and tasty with an endless variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and plants, as well as meats, cheeses and wines (charcuterie board anyone?). There is also a variety of stands and stores which you can peruse as well as snacks you can pick up while you look around – my favorites are the Moroccan mamouls and the $2 sausages.

Macdonald Campus

If you’re down for a quick bus ride, the trip to Mac Campus is totally worth it. The campus itself is beautiful for exploring or even if you want to find a different atmosphere to study in. There is also a great Ecomuseum that is worth stopping by if you have the time. The bus runs from 7am-6pm Monday to Friday throughout the academic year so take this opportunity while you can!

McGill Farmer’s Market

If you can’t make it to Mac campus, no worries! The McGill Farmers’ Market which is held weekly on McTavish Street on Thursdays from 11am-4pm showcases a ton of produce from Macdonald campus and other incredible local vendors and is a great way to buy cheap and organic groceries or grab some baked goods before class.

Piknic Electronik

Every Sunday from 2-9:30pm during the summer season, an array of DJs and artists, both local and international, play at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Tickets can be purchased online or in-person and they offer discounts for students! The perfect way to unwind with friends and enjoy good music after a long week; but be sure to hurry, these weekly events are set to end by September 29!

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