Tom blogs about half term fun

Monday, October 28, 2013 12:00 AM

Tom, one of our student bloggers, shares some ideas on how to have fun this half term.

It always seems that towards the end of October/November time, things start to slow down. It certainly has for me. Coursework is near enough complete, open days are almost over (just Dublin left in a few weeks' time!) and half term is almost upon us. I can safely say I am looking forward to the week's break away from everything. But with it being a slow time, how about you enjoy yourself? It sounds silly but with the pressures of applying to college and university I think some people forget to have fun. Here are some quick, easy and cheap ways to chill out over the next week.

  1. Read. Now, I'm probably biased, and some of you might not enjoy reading, but as someone who's been reading since he was a young child it is one of the most therapeutic, entertaining and emotional experiences - so long as you get a good book! And to those of you saying: 'uh, reading sucks', in my opinion that's like saying 'uh, music sucks'; there's always something for everyone. My current recommendations are: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith for you crime fans, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green for fans of love and teen cancer survivors - and one of my favourite books of the past year, I might add - and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, which is just an unbelievable and contemporary monster of a book.
  2. Binge on TV seasons. Just chill out in front of a television for twelve hours, wasting the day away like you just don't care. I've done it recently with American Horror Story (holy wow, that is a good programme), House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, and I've got to say, it's entertaining, and a great laugh. Hell, bring some friends over, get some pizzas on the go, maybe a bucket of ice-cream, and indulge. In a few months you won't have this much freedom, so love it whilst it lasts.
  3. Be sociable. Obviously an entire contradiction to the last point, but this isn't a checklist! See people, organise a Hallowe'en party, eat cake together, MAKE cake together! About a year ago I got together with three of my best friends in the world, and we made the manliest burger in the world - it was huge (we had to cut a loaf of bread in half for the bun), and it was also great fun! ...and now I'm hungry.
  4. Do something you wouldn't usually do. Go a little bonkers. Be a little daring. Just do something you would normally say 'Nope, can't be bothered', or 'Nah, too much effort'. Eat that giant chilli in the fridge no one else will touch. Create a rope swing for the back garden. Uh… skydive. :)

Make this half term enjoyable and fun. I plan to; I've got a jam-packed week ahead of me, lots of people to see, and binging on television programmes, and probably skydiving. Kidding - I don't see people. Have fun!

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