Planning ahead?

You're sitting in front of a laptop, writing a term paper. As the page count rises, your morale dwindles along with the last dregs of energy from that coffee you downed an hour ago.

When the slew of midterms and papers slap you 'round the head and drag you, groaning, to a carrel in a dark corner of the library, it can be easy to forget through the pain and shock why you're working so hard in the first place. Other than the faraway promise of a passing grade and a good night's sleep (which may seem like more of a myth than anything else), there are very few immediate tangible rewards. All you can see is the work in front of you and the all-consuming need to get it done.

In times like these, the only thing you can do is keep going, try to pace yourself and remember that whatever happens - even if you didn't produce your absolute best work - life continues after exams. The adequately prepared student needs to remember to find opportunities to relax,grow, and be inspired by something that's not just class. What can you do to keep yourself going when you're hit by the after-effects of hours of mind numbing not-quite-concentration following back to back all nighters?

Plan yourself a four month adventure. It doesn't have to be a thrilling, spine-tingling trek through the wilderness. During the spring/summer semester, you belong to you - fill the time with things you enjoy. Catch up with friends and family. Find yourself a comfortable place between idleness and overcommitment and settle in. After two long semesters of course work, you'll have earned it.
Some ways to be productive over four months of freedom: 

Get a job. Besides being a great way to network and develop your skills, there's the added benefit of being paid for your time and labour. Keep an eye on Ryerson's career page to see some of the available on-campus opportunities. If you're not work-study eligible, search through the off-campus job postings or non work-study jobs on campus.

Volunteer. It's a useful way to enrich your time without a huge commitment. Volunteer Toronto is a good place to start, or if you're looking for a place closer to school, try looking at some of the opportunities promoted through our very own Faculty of Arts Student Experience Centre.

Travel. Take part in some unique opportunities that you normally wouldn't have the time to consider. Go on a road trip and find a nice change of scenery. If you're looking for something that runs a little deeper than tourism, you can also take a look at the Ryerson International page for some inspiration, like taking part in an exchange or working and/or studying abroad.

On the topic of international education, there will be an information table set up on Thursday March 15 by the Ryerson Career Development & Employment Centre with KOM Consultants, who represent select universities in Australia and Britain. Learn more and register for the event here.

Although the applications are closed for the year, it's also a good idea look ahead and start thinking about programs like Explore, a five week French immersion program in Canada, or Alternative Spring Break, a student-run group at Ryerson that lets participants work in a developing country while learning about and experiencing a different culture.

Despite being up to your ears in assignments, it's important to remember that there will also be four months of carefree frolicking ahead of you.

Use them wisely. 


Esther Phua said…
Great ideas!! I really enjoyed this post; thank you :)

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