The much-anticipated Summer Vacation time is a respite from the eight months of slogging away at school or college. And, if you’ve given your boards, then these three months are probably not a complete vacation, but some time off of deadlines and assignments, nonetheless.
As children, summer vacation comprised of us watching movies on Sony Max back-to-back, or having sleepovers with our besties. It was that time of the year, when waking up past noon was okay, and going on endless shopping trips was imperative. But, as we grow up, we have to realize that life isn’t all fun and games.
Not to sound too preachy, but we have to do things in life which will challenge us, and show us what the outside world is all about. Summer time is that period where we don’t have a lot of work to do, so this time could be utilized in so many ways that will give us exposure and experience about the world outside our homes.
Without further ado, here are some ways to make your summer vacation matter:
We are lucky enough to have families, essential utilities, a roof over our heads and the luxuries not many people can afford. Volunteering at NGO’s, shelters, old-age homes and orphanages give us a chance to interact with people who are not as privileged as we are.Organizations like CRY, PETA, Bhoomi.org offer volunteering jobs and internships where we can have one-on-one interactions with the people at these institutions. And, by doing so, we might as well bring a smile on someone’s face. There isn’t a greater pleasure than helping someone in need.
Don’t know where to start? Have a look at a few organizations we’ve picked out for you. If anything appeals to you, have a go at it, this summer vacation!
2. FIND A SUMMER JOB OR INTERNSHIP
Looking for a short term job is a good way to go if you are looking for experience in your field of interest. There are a lot of firms who give part-time jobs and internships to students who want to have hands-on experience in a work environment.
Taking up a job teaches you a lot about work ethics, professionalism, interacting with your seniors and commitment to your work. Online portals like Letsintern.com and Internshala have a variety of options for students who would like to work as per their convenience, during their summer vacation.
3. LEARNING A NEW SKILL
We are never too old or too young to explore new horizons. So, we should take this time to develop a new skill or learn something. You could probably take those cooking classes your neighbor has been telling you about, or join a language center to learn a foreign language, or learn to drive.
By developing a new skill, you could benefit from it in the future. It may take time to ace it, but keep at it every day, and you won’t regret it.
There are probably so many places in the city that you may not even know about. It has so many things to offer, but we aren’t always aware of it.
Take a day and look around. Go to museums, art shows, plays and exhibitions. Take your camera out of its dusty cover and do an impromptu photoshoot outdoors. Discover the flea markets, shopping avenues and attractions of your city. It will completely broaden your outlook and educate you about the place.
5.MEET NEW PEOPLE
As humans, we get so comfortable with our own set of friends and family, that we don’t want to move beyond our circle. Communication is a skill that we must develop to fit into a work environment. Strike up a conversation with a person while you’re waiting at a cafe, or at a bar, or at the bus stop. Travel alone, and talk to people while you’re in transit. Read about people who inspire you.
Discover people who are experts at their work and approach them. It could be your dad’s colleague or your senior in school or college. They have much more experience than us in their line of work. By sharing their stories and struggles, you could learn and broaden your perspective. They could also guide you and mentor you.
So, those are some of the ways you could take your summer to a new level. It is important to make the best of this time and gather as much experience as possible, because it will help you work better in the future. And you never know, you might just make new friends or an unexpected opportunity may fall right into your lap!
Words – Explorater Pari Tavate
Pari is an eighteen year old aspiring writer from Mumbai. When she’s not bingeing on her mom’s Biryani & watching old Bollywood movies, she writes content that she hopes other people can relate to, and makes plans to travel and explore other cultural backgrounds