Thoughts on Summer Activities

Summer might feel like a far way off, but it’ll be here soon. As the semester progresses, it’s a good idea to think about what you want to do during the summer. Every summer I try to outline what I want to try and do and then go about accomplishing those goals. Sometimes my goals change during the summer, or I don’t quite get where I want to be, but that’s ok. 

Summer is an ideal time to explore new places, jobs, and hobbies away from school pressure. Pick something you’re interested in – maybe it’s healthcare or museums and then try volunteering at a hospital or museum. It’s a great way to try something out in a low pressure way. I’ve tried to explore my hobbies through volunteering or choosing something to get better at. I always have a project that I’m working on – whether it be improving my French or spending less money on clothes. I’ve really enjoyed having a goal I work towards even if it’s a simple one. Breaking larger goals into smaller, more manageable ones is also a good strategy. 

The summer is also an ideal time to try different jobs. During breaks, I’ve interned and worked retail which have been really great. I learned a lot and am grateful to have tried different jobs. It’s also important to take some time off during the summer. We get a pretty long summer break at McGill, so take full advantage and use part of it to relax or travel. We’re only young once and should try to see what we can when we have fewer commitments if money allows. 

It’s a good idea to think about what you want to do now before summer is here. It can be stressful to make decisions during school, but that’s ok. You’ll feel good knowing you’re trying something even if it’s not exactly what you were aiming for or different than you expected. Best of luck out there!

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