Monday, 20 April 2015

Things to do after your finals

It’s finally here! The end is in sight and you’re in the last 100 meters to the finish line! Give yourself some incentive for the final cramming hours of the semester and take a break to check out these awesome plans to make for after finals! 


Let’s be honest, you’re probably going to experience a little mental exhaustion after finals, which you should definitely take care of! If your preparing to start a new summer (or even post-school) job, are just starting your job search, or are planning some travel time, or even a trip to summer school, it is extremely important to do so after a little rest. Getting some rest will help to put you in a positive, healthy mindset which will allow you to get the most out of whatever is next. So, take the time to catch up on sleep and do your best to kick your newly found caffeine addiction. 

Find a great summer job! 

Find a great summer job! It’s not too late to get an awesome position for the summer break (just in case you’ve been too studying to apply for jobs). CAPS is always the best place to start (since it’s usually the first place where employers put their postings for university students). (which is hosted by the SU) is another campus job search site to check out. You might not have a job lined up right now, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t find one.

Go Outside

After spending months in the air conditioned libraries it’s finally time to head outside where you can enjoy the great weather and – say it isn’t so – SUNSHINE. Play outdoor sports, exercise in the park, just read a book while lounging in the sun (or lounge in the shade if you have a pesky habit of burning…).Warmer temperatures don’t last long, so make the most of the nice weather. 

Get fit for a good cause! 

If you have a health goal that you’re trying to achieve and need a little extra motivation then running a marathon might be just what you need to do. Plus, running a marathon usually means that you get to help out local YEG causes. Click here for a list of the runs set for Edmonton this year. 

Take a short trip with some close friends. 

Take a short trip with some close friends. The weather is really warming up and there are plenty of great day trip locations close to Edmonton.  Jasper and Banff are obvious favorites to visit, but the lesser known Pembina is only an hour away and makes for a great day trip with friends once the summer heat settles in. 

Join the crowd.

Edmonton has festivals all throughout the summer. Some are big, others are small, and regardless of their size, they cover so many different activities, that you should find at least one that appeal to your interests. These local festivals are also great because the costs associated with them are way less than some of the bigger ones held far away.

Try something new. 

Join a new sports team with friends, find a new hobby or finally read that book you’ve been meaning to- take time to explore new things and make some great memories.

Go camping. 

There’s nothing like getting back into nature to re-center your stressed out mind.  If all your notes happen to end up in the bonfire then so be it, just make sure you won’t need them for the next year. 

Binge watch. 

Just think, you can’t procrastinate in the new semester if you’ve watched everything that there is to watch on Netflix! Procrastinate now for productivity later. It’s a genius plan. 


Check out slide the city, or go slip n’ sliding in your own backyard! You’re never too old to hurl yourself down a wet piece of plastic at high velocities. It’s the simple things in life. You can check out their website here.

----About the Author


Hi, I’m Paige! I’m a fourth year student aspiring to become a Conference Interpreter after completing a bachelor of arts in French, Spanish and Japanese. I have a passion for everything cultural and am a total linguistic nerd. 
Away from my favorite study spot on campus, you can find me training with the Rowing Team or taking naps wherever possible. I love getting involved on campus and meeting new people so I’m always attending events happening around the University. 

I hope to share stories that highlight student life at the U of A; showcasing the bright and creative minds we have here at the U. I also hope to provide you with helpful tips to improve the time that you spend here on campus.


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