It’s a well known fact that students get long summers, this can be a great 3 months with no essays, exams or deadlines but it can also feel a bit too long if you don’t fill your summer with things to do. After having several long summers here’s some of the things I did (or wished I had done) during those 3 months you get blessed with.
Here’s the not-so-definitive* student summer bucket-list:
Free things to do
- Volunteer on team at a summer festival such as Soul Survivor or New Wine. You can apply to go work on Cafe, First aid, welcoming team, tech team and more. Most team members get food cooked for them too!
- Volunteer at a youth camp there’s loads up and down the country and chances are you probably went to one when you were younger, to name a few there’s Lee Abbey, MCYC and Ripon.
- Explore your friend’s towns or cities. One of the great things about uni is meeting people from all over the place. Plan trips to visit your friends across the country and visit new places you never thought of going to before. You might get to explore the Cathedral in Lincoln or the docks in Liverpool.
- Read a book that’s always been on your shelf. If you’re looking for some new ones to read here’s a few recommendations: Mere Christianity and Screwtape Letters by C.S Lewis, The Prodigal God by Tim Keller, The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew and Chasing the Dragon by Jackie Pullinger.
- Retreat. Pick a date, find a place then take your Bible and Notepad and just spend time with God. It could be a walk in the countryside, finding a house of prayer in your city or heading to your favourite park. When you’re there spend time speaking to God, listening to him and writing down what you feel he’s saying.
- Create. Build a chair or a coffee table from a Youtube video, write a blog, paint, draw or if you’re musically inclined write a song.
- Exercise. Take up a new sport or challenge yourself to run a 5K and then you can join Active cluster next year at Parkrun.
Things you might have to fork out for
- Go on a Mission trip and gain a new perspective about how God works through people in different cultures, countries and through different languages. It might be too late for this summer but it’s worth keeping in mind. Quite a few mission charities have short-term trips which could fit into a student summer; such as Latin Link, YWAM and Tearfund.
- Travel to places you’ve always wanted to go to. It’ not just on a Mission trip where you can experience God at work in the different cultures across the world. The amount of time you get in student summers gives you such a good opportunity to travel.
- Don’t stop learning. Learn a new language with an app such as Duolingo or go to language classes, learn a new musical instrument, learn to cook so you can impress all your flat mates with your new cooking skills.
- Practice Generosity by taking your parents out for a meal (and paying!), choosing to spend time with your brothers and sisters or elderly grandparents, giving up a few days to do outreach at a local church or homeless shelter. Even if you don’t have alot of money you can still be generous with time.
I hope you have a great summer whether you complete this bucket-list or not. We as a student team will be praying for you all over summer. Have an amazing time.
* There are of course many other things you could do and I’ve not included getting a job (maybe at your parents’ dismay) since I don’t quite think that deserves a place on a bucket-list even though it’s a very good thing to do.