If there's one great thing about still being a student, it's the fact you still (technically!) get a summer holiday. Yes, if you're a postgraduate you'll still have academic work to be getting on with, but gone are the lectures and classes. Though you shouldn't neglect your work by any means, if you're organised you can make the most of having the summer to yourself.
Commit to Work Let's get the boring one out of the way first, shall we?
Your thesis is one of the most important parts of your degree, so you should work that into your plans first. Decide how you want to do it - and remember, different people suit different methods. Maybe you want to have a week on/week off, or perhaps you'd rather work regularly, but for a couple of hours a night.
Make a plan in advance , and stick to it. It'll mean less worry - and therefore, more fun!
Needing to work over summer doesn't mean you can't have fun doing it. Look for options like working at summer schools - whether in the UK or abroad - and other such roles. Though it can be hard work (isn't anything involving children?) it can also be much more rewarding than a standard part-time summer job - you'll get to go on trips to tourist places with them, organise sports days and all kinds of fun things!
Plan Ahead The best way to have a cheap but awesome summer is to plan ahead. If you're going to be going on lots of day trips with a partner/best friend, why not invest in the two-person discount railcard? Or maybe you fancy going abroad. There are two approaches to this, depending on whether you like knowing it advance or are happy to be spontaneous. Firstly, you can book months ahead and save money that way. Alternately, you can leave it right until the last minute and pick up whatever cheap deals are going. Both will save you money, but one may cause slightly more stress to the forward-planners among you.
Swap With Friends One great advantage of meeting people at university is that they'll come from a whole bunch of different places. If you're organised, you can spend the whole summer swapping amongst yourselves and getting to experience a lot of different places for little more than travel. It's a great way to keep in touch with your friends as well as have a cheap holiday.
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