One of our student bloggers, Talia, talks summer and super-curricular activities

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 12:00 AM

Our student blogger, Talia, suggests some suitable summer super-curricular activities.

Summer holidays are nearly here (at last!), and it's always nice to have a break from schoolwork. Now that you’re not as tied down with revision and homework, summer can be a great time for some super-curricular activities.

So what on earth is a super-curricular activity?

Well, something is super curricular if it's outside your school's curriculum. Super-curricular activities include reading around a topic you like to study, or going to a talk about something you're interested in doing after you leave school. This might sound boring, but it's actually a great way to discover if you have a genuine interest in a subject - if you do, you'll enjoy finding out more about it.

Here’s a list of some super-curricular activities that you could try out this summer. You never know, you may even find the topic that’s perfect for you!

  • Go to an open day. There are loads of university open days coming up, and they’re a great way to find out more about a subject that you want to study. You also get the chance to talk to current students, which can be really helpful to give a perspective on a certain course.
  • Watch some TV. Yes, believe it or not, you can count watching TV as a super-curricular activity, as long as it’s a programme that you learn from. Although ‘The Big Bang Theory’ might not look so good on your CV (unless you want to study science perhaps) there are a surprising number of programmes that can enhance your knowledge of a subject. And, if you can’t handle a full programme, try YouTube instead. There’s a great channel called ‘CrashCourse’ that has lots of mini episodes on certain topics. I’m watching ‘Crash Course Psychology’ at the moment, and the series is a perfect length to see during a busy day.
  • Form a society. If you and your friends have similar interests, why not get together every week or fortnight and talk about that area. It will show on your university or higher education application that you’ve taken the initiative to go out and explore a subject, and you can have fun doing it. If the weather’s good, which admittedly is quite rare in the UK, why not meet in the park, or at your favourite café. And if your friends are interested in the complete opposite thing to you, this could be a great way to meet new people who want to hear you talk about your favourite subject (rather than get shouted down every time you mention Freud, or mitochondria, or the cosine rule…)

I hope this blog post has been useful in showing you a bit of what you can do with some free time this summer. Go out and find out more about what you enjoy, and remember, although ‘super curricular’ sounds complex, it’s surprisingly interesting!

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