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What to do during your Summer Vacation

When students come to 10th, their attention is only on exams and the fact that they are now in 10th. They rarely think beyond 10th and what to do after they finish their board exams. When the final exams get over, most students don’t believe it’s over. They still feel like they’ll have to go home and start studying for the next exam. Most students also waste their summer vacation, simply sleeping or by doing nothing of value.

Relaxation Time: Of course there is nothing wrong with relaxing after the trials and tribulations you must have faced while studying for the board exams and 10th in general, but turning the entire duration of your holiday into an endless cycle of eating and sleeping is quite unproductive and wasteful. Most people aren’t willing to jump back into the grind as soon as they’ve finished 10th, best compromise is to take a week or two and relax, then jump into more productive things to do.

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Community Work: After your week of relaxation, it’s time to get to work. One possibility for the summer is involving yourself in community work. This work can be anything from something small like collecting newspapers and plastic from around the neighbourhood to something big like going out to schools and teaching underprivileged children. Community and charitable work is an excellent addition to a college application. It also just feels morally right to help those who haven’t been given the same opportunities as us.

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Starting a New Hobby: Picking up a new hobby is another great way to spend time during the summer. A hobby can include anything from painting, learning a musical instrument to writing short stories or essays. Learning something new is often very fun and a change of pace. It is also a good time killer. For example, but learning a programming language, one can keep themselves occupied for hours and pick up a useful skill that can help them in their future.

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Start Studying Early: When many students enter 11th, they are immediately overwhelmed by the amount of work and pressure put on their shoulders. They are unable to cope with the increased portion. This leads to complications further down the line. So another activity to do during the summer is to flip your books a bit and try to start some basics. 11th is a difficult year, so some preparation would not be amiss. Going the extra mile here will have a major difference on your experience in 11th.

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Internship: A summer well spent should ideally include an internship. There are many summer internship programmes. Internships have a wide array of benefits. An internship is something that colleges and universities like to see on applications. Students gain exposure to real-world problems and learn problems solving skills. They gain exposure to the real world. They get a boost in their teamwork skills. Student will also get a taste of the trade they wish partake in the future.

Look Towards the Future: Since there is plenty of free time during summer it is an excellent time to think about the future. Attending a good university or college is a good way to beef up a resume while applying for a job. You can use the summer to think about, do research on and maybe decide what colleges to attend in the future. Once you have a goal in mind, it is easier to work towards it.

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By doing these activities you can guarantee yourself a summer vacation well spent. You are making optimal use of your summer vacation and building up a future college application or profile. The most important thing is to take pleasure in these activities, because it is of no use if you’re forcing yourself to do it; that being said, enjoy your summer vacations.

About the Author

Keval Anekar is a 16 year old student. He aspires to study abroad. He writes  to share what he has learnt with confused students to be of some help. He is a student at Ivy Aspire