How Are You Spending Your Summer? By Simon Thompson
I asked 5 students from different universities about how theyíre going to be spending their summers. Here are their plans!
Freya, Liverpool John Moores:
"To start off the summer period me and my friends from home went to Parklife festival in Manchester! Despite the typical English showers, it was actually really fun and we got to see acts like Craig David, Jess Glynne, and Major Lazer. Iím also going on a trip to the Gran Canaria with my boyfriend from University to soak up a bit of sun and indulge myself in cocktails. Then Iím going on city break to Berlin and Prague with my friends from home. A few of us study history so we are excited to go on historical walking tours and visit the famous monuments. Other than those plans, Iím going to start reading for next yearís modules and dissertation and just waiting to go back to university really!"
Charlie, Southampton University:
"I began summer by running my first ever half marathon in aid of charity which was really rewarding! I study Zoology so Iím excited to go and volunteer in an animal conservation centre in Costa Rica in a few weeks. This will involve animal behavioural studies, amphibian and reptile surveys and forest trails! My summer when I return isnít so exciting. Iím going to be working in the local pub, getting on with some reading, and visiting my grandparents in Ireland. In my spare time Iím also going to try and improve my Spanish by using duolingo."
Amy, University of Leeds:
"Iím studying at McMaster University in Canada next September for a year abroad so Iím planning to keep this summer pretty chilled to save a bit of money. So far Iíve been watching far too much Game of Thrones, but Iíve also been to the gym most days which Iím pretty proud of. Iíve made myself a little summer reading list that Iím slowly getting through. So far Iíve enjoyed reading Orwellís 1984 and The Accidental by Ali Smith. Iím also waiting to hear back from AQA as I might do some GCSE marking to earn some extra money."
Peter, University of Exeter:
"My mum is devastated that this year is my last proper summer holiday with the family so we are going on a sailing trip of the Greek islands which should be relaxing. To fill the other months, Iím volunteering at an environmental charity two days a week, and on my days off Iíll probably do some cycling and sailing as I live by the coast. My family are getting a new dog this summer so Iíll probably be competing to take her for walks along the beach with my sisters. Iíve also decided to read the entire set of Harry Potter books as apparently theyíre not Ďacceptableí to read after I leave university! Itís only two days into my summer and Iíve already completed The Philosopher's Stone!"
Joe, University of Manchester
"Iím lucky to call London my hometown so Iím spending the summer going to galleries, parks, and markets which is always good fun. Iím going to do some catering as well to save a bit of money as Iím traveling South East Asia with some university friends in August. We are going to Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia and hoping to meet lots of cool travellers, learn a bit of Asian cooking, and do lots of outdoor activities like kayaking and trekking. Iím also a keen member of the Labour party so Iím going to leaflet and campaign across London in my spare time. Other than these plans, Iím actually on the lookout for love! Iím going to use apps like Tinder to arrange some dates while Iím at home, letís hope for the best!"
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