The University Summertime: All Work or All Play?

Summertime during university has got to be one of the best times to get your rest and relaxation in. From June to the end of September, you’ve got months to holiday, enjoy yourself and catch up on all the sleep you’ve been missing at uni. However, despite the belief that we’re not quite out there in the real world yet, a little bit of responsibility now comes into play.

Naturally, I’m talking about financial responsibility and the ability to make a good career choice early on. The question is, what’s the right balance for working over some of the last long summers before we’re thrust into the daunting world of work.

I tend to go into summer in typical student fashion, broke. Working part time has never been something I’ve enjoyed, and so I tend to earn just enough to see me through the summer and enjoy myself for the rest of it. This year, however, responsibility has hit me like a tonne of bricks and I’ve got myself an internship.

My Workplace for the summer!

Going from last year, working two days every three weeks, to this year, working a 9-5 every day for 8 weeks is going to be a big shock. Finding the perfect balance for how much fun to have compared to work is difficult when the only to do after work is get an early night so you can be in early the next morning.

The idea that we’re preparing ourselves for the rat race before we’ve started shows how society is pushing us away from our play-filled university lifestyle as quickly as possible, and before you know it you forget the sort of balance that you were looking for in the first place. Despite this, if we never move out of that university mindset, we’d never function in the working world afterwards.

So, I’d say, especially in your later years of university, your summers are no longer your breaks, they’re your biggest chance to prove yourself and learn about yourself. Giving up some fun times at this age will mean that you can learn what jobs you might enjoy, you can learn whether you want to create your own job or work for someone else, and most importantly, you can determine how you will enjoy your work.

One key factor of allowing yourself to experience the world of work through an internship or a part time job is understanding how you work, and what you would enjoy doing for, and brace yourself for the scary part, the rest of your life. By putting yourself out there and learning about yourself NOW, you can make sure you never waste a moment of your life. This is absolutely vital, and no one wants to be in a situation where their job is a week of pain before the shallow relief of the weekend. Don’t go into a job where you’re yearning for Friday. Start learning about yourself now, and yearn for Monday.

“At its basic form, if you genuinely celebrate Friday, you need to rethink your entire fucking game. You need to rethink life.”

Gary Vaynerchuk

Giving up a small amount of playtime to work could help make every day at work your playtime. Use the summers wisely and prove yourself to everyone.

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