The summer months from May to July mark the beginning of a new phase in the lives of many people. It’s the time when 12th graders become college-goers, students receive their graduation hats, graduates become post graduates and post graduates embark on a new journey as they enter a job. But while most people are eager to take the next step, others just want to take some time off to figure things out. I belong to the latter category, by the way. So, if you haven’t made up your mind yet, here are 5 things you could be doing after your graduation or post graduation
1. Spend time with your family and friends: While many students are lucky to enjoy the comfort of home during their college days, others have to face the challenges of the hostel life. If you’ve been living away from home, it’s natural to crave the presence of your loved ones. This is the best time to catch up. Hang out with your old friends, have long conversations with your siblings, go out for dinner with your parents. Trust me, the walk down the memory lane will be worth it.
2. Take a solo trip: If the college library or canteens are the only trips you’ve had in the past few years, then you most certainly deserve a holiday; and there is nothing more liberating than a solo trip. Go somewhere near the sea or trek to the mountains, watch the sunsets, try out a different cuisine, and meet new people. You’ll come back with a refreshed mind and a bucket-load of memories.
3. Binge on: Chances are that those long, arduous college hours have forced you to read only course books and watch presentations related to a stale subject. Well, you’re lucky college is over. You now finally have time to proudly be a couch potato and indulge in binge reading or binge watching! Pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read since forever. Watch the TV show everyone has been raving about. Make some popcorn, grab a blanket and voila!
4. Go back to a long-lost hobby: Remember those crumpled paintings resting at the back of your cupboard? You could easy pick up the brush and pour your thoughts on the canvas again. Or what about those guitar classes you left incomplete? Even YouTube gives lessons to beginners. Or brush up on your rusty Spanish. Going back to an old hobby is like seeing an old friend. It always feels good to meet again.
5. Take up a part-time job: While you’re not totally ready to start a proper job and face responsibilities, you can always take up a part-time job. After all, some extra pocket money can’t hurt. Work at Starbucks or McDonalds; be a waitress or a bartender, or even a librarian if you will.
And once the summer is over, and you have spent enough leisure time thinking about what you want to do next, I hope you come up with an answer. Till then, enjoy the beaches and the sunshine.
- Sayantani Sarkar.