Tips for a great summer break

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Tips for a great summer break

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USC student Jackson Dickfos

10 November 2017

Congratulations legends! You made it through Year 12.

A few years ago, I was just like you – excited, a bit nervous, ready to make my mark on the world. But most of all, I was glad 12 years of school were over, and keen to relax and celebrate over the summer break.

Fast forward to today and I’m about to finish my Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at USC. I’ve learned a lot along the way, and before I graduate I’m going to pass my hard-earned knowledge on to you. Keep an eye on the USC Snapchat account (@uscedu) over the next few months for some ‘pearls of wisdom’ about how to tackle uni life.

But first things first – how do you make sure you have a killer summer? There are around 100 days between the end of Year 12 and uni Orientation, so you want to make the most of them. As a veteran of five summer breaks, I’m here to share some simple ingredients.

1. Go outside

Let’s face it – you’ve been cooped up in a classroom for months. Now is the time to shake off the cobwebs, put down your phone, and reacquaint yourself with the great outdoors. Climb a mountain, go bushwalking, catch some waves, grab a cruiser and hit the coastal paths, get up early and watch the sunrise…

No matter where you live or what you’re into, there are plenty of ways to soak up some fresh air and vitamin D. You’ll spend enough of your life inside, so don’t miss this opportunity to explore the beautiful places around you.

2. Spend time with your mates

When you’re at school, it’s easy to stay in touch with your friends, because you see each other every day. Now that you’ve finished, you might need to work a bit harder to stay connected. Make plans and follow through. Go on that road trip you’ve been talking about for years. Encourage quality banter and make each other smile.

You’re all about to start a new adventure. Over the next few years you’ll study, work, meet new people and make new friends. So, take some time to laugh and make memories with the legends who’ve been by your side through Year 12. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

3. Get healthy

The past 12 months have been massive, and it’s likely your health and fitness have taken a back seat. The summer break is a great time to re-prioritise your health, and get yourself in the best possible shape to tackle a new chapter. That doesn’t necessarily mean flexing your biceps – it just means looking after yourself, physically and emotionally.

You might want to set a fitness goal or try a new sport. You might just be satisfied with moving further than from your bed to your desk to the fridge (and back again). Invest some time in yourself and find what gets you motivated. To succeed at uni, you’ll need to learn the art of self-motivation, and starting a new exercise routine is a great way to begin.

You’ll also need to learn to relax and take care of yourself when you need to. After 12 years at school, it’s natural to be tired. Make sure you’re getting enough rest. Nap, take up yoga, meditate, get a massage, watch Friends or listen to The Backstreet Boys (trust me on this one). Discover your best recovery method, because tomorrow is just as important as today and you need to prepare accordingly.

— By Jackson Dickfos

For more pearls of wisdom from Jackson, follow the USC Snapchat account (@uscedu)

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