Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Summertime at UT Tyler

We did it! This school year at UT Tyler has finally drawn to an end, and not a moment too soon.  So, now that you are finally not stressing about school, how are you going to spend your summer? Are you going to just sit back and watch the next three months fly by, or are you going to get out and be productive? If you are the considering the latter, then read on! 
Catch up on reading:
Reading is always helpful.  It broadens your mind, increases your vocabulary, and is fun practice for classes where you will have to read a lot.  If you enjoy reading, then you are sure to have fallen behind in your series of choice, so use the summer months to catch up on some of these.  Are you unsure of what to look for? Check out this website.  It will help you select a book based off of what you have read in the past.

Catch up on TV shows:
I know for certain that I have been the victim of falling behind in my television shows while focusing on school work.  If you are like me, then you can use the summer to get in to your favorite shows.  Be careful of not spending too much time with this, though.  I know that it is really easy to spend a week locked in my apartment just watching a show on Netflix. You can also view shows through Hulu if you prefer, or even HBO Go. If you choose to utilize your summer this way, be sure to balance your binge-watching with something not so unhealthy.

Plan for the future:
Planning for the future can be stressful, so try and focus your planning during times when there is little to nothing you are worrying about, like during the summer.  By planning for the future, I mean looking at potential graduate schools if you plan to attend, or researching potential employers in the area that you would like to work in.  If you are unsure about either of those things, then perhaps just start researching the pros and cons of grad schools or certain undergraduate degrees.

Find a new hobby
It is always fun to find something new to spend time with.  For example, learn to play an instrument, knit, paint, or even start working out and getting in shape.  Regardless of what it is, it will be good for your body and mind to keep moving and thinking.  This is especially true if you choose to learn something new.  Your brain loves finding new concepts to master, so appease it.  Find something you enjoy and learn about it and practice it. 

Take classes
While this is probably the first thing you do not want to do, it might be one of the most beneficial.  Every university offers summer courses, so if you take advantage of them then you might be able take fewer hours in future semesters and have more time for other things you are interested in.  I know several people who are even planning to graduate a year early because of the summer classes they have taken.  Even if you do not plan to graduate in three years, summer classes will keep you productive and help you in the future.

What are you going to do during the summer?

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