Even though the university school year ends approximately two months before high school, it certainly doesn’t mean it’s less intense. However, as stressful as these last weeks of school are, I’m definitely not mad about ending school for the year in April (which is technically not summer but whatevs). Here are some of the ways I like to spend that first week after SCHOOL’S OUT!!!!!
Between long nights and early mornings, and final assignments and exams taking over your life, there is literally no time for sleep during the last few weeks of school. So when you leave that last exam room, going home and jumping into bed is super rewarding. Turn off your multiple alarms, and spend the first day of summer vacation resting your fragile body.
Catch up on ALL the shows
Last year, I decided on a show that I would invest my time in completing during the summer (I chose One Tree Hill, and I recommend it 100%). But before starting a new series on Netflix, of course you gotta’ catch up on your Scandals, your How to Get Away with Murders, your Mindy Projects, and your Empires. School can really take your mind off what really matters in life (which is television shows… kidding… no I’m not), so after your last exam, you can start prioritizing again (with television).
Look or prepare for your summer job or internship
Hopefully you’ve already scored your dream (or, like a bearable) job or internship. If you have, take the time after exams to plan how you will stand out and be an asset to the company. And if you haven’t, there’s still time! Perform some hardcore research, and find a way to earn money, gain professional experience, or both!
Celebrate with friends
Now that the weather is getting warmer, the after exams is the best time to go out to dinner, or a night on the town with your uni buds who have also finished exams for the year. There are so many places to experience downtown, but doing some good ol’ city exploring also never disappoints.
Update your wardrobe
A.K.A. go shopping. The spring and summer collections are introduced during exam time, and even though Ryerson is right beside Eaton Centre, sometimes you just have to deny yourself a trip to H&M or Zara in order to get some studying done before finals. But worry not, because once exams are over, you have all the freedom (if your wallet permits you) to get the cute items you could only previously admire in the store window as a single tear rolled down your cheek (or maybe that’s just me).
Make a bucket list
Lists are always fun for me, especially for the summer. I try to list some of the major things I want to accomplish or places and events I absolutely MUST attend before the summer is over. The week after exams is a great time to make this list because you’re still in “school mode” and know how to use a pen (or don’t make a list, but regardless, be open to having some cool new adventures).
You’ll understand why I put this twice when you become a uni student.