10 Things to Do To Maximize Your School Holidays

Published on May 22, 2018

School's out! That means long lazy days watching Korean dramas till late night, going to the gym more regularly (hopefully), island-hopping around Singapore to find the best food to eat or basically spending your free time however you choose to! Whatever you choose to do, just don't let your holidays go to waste, so here are 10 things to do to make sure that you maximize your upcoming school holidays.

1. Work part-time or sign up for an internship

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You must be thinking - I just finished the school term and you want me to work right after school? You can enhance your credentials by working part-time or applying for internships during your school holidays.

Working exposes you to what's really going on in the working world and gives you a better idea of what you should focus and what you should specialize in for your further studies. It allows you to apply your skills and education, and even help you develop skills you would otherwise never pick up. And of course, that extra income is always a good incentive! 

Work Part Time During School Holiday

2. Travel outside of Singapore

Travel During School Holiday

Travel is food for the soul. Travelling, whether near or far, opens up your eyes to alternative cultures and way of life, and enriches you with experiences that will permanently change who you are and how you think.  Although it can be expensive, it doesn't have to be. The actual cost can be relatively low if you keep your eye on airline promotions and stay at backpackers' hostels for the ultimate YOLO experience.

Travel During School Holiday

You can also go for programs that allow you to work and travel. Such programs are very popular in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, UK, and China! You may found yourself working on a farm, resort or in bigger organizations if you manage to snag the right job!

3. Tick off your bucket list

Do Things on Bucket List During School Holiday

We understand however that not everyone is comfortable going overseas by themselves, especially when your parents start to nag you about potential terrorist attacks or natural disasters. Regardless, you can still have a memorable school holiday if you carefully plan for one. Start by taking the time to create a bucket list of your own. 

Do Things on Bucket List During School Holiday

After you graduate, you will be focused on getting a job, settling down and managing a family. Think of everything you ever want to do before you leave the world and try to accomplish some of it happen this holiday. Truth is, you never know when death hits so leave no stone unturned and live life to the fullest! Be adventurous and do something you never dared to do! Stepping out of your comfort zone will boost your confidence and make you more independent.

4. Jazz up your hair

An easy thing to tick off the bucket list is to go for the unicorn/grey/pastel hair colour you've always dreamed about .While bleaching is quite expensive, there are lots of student discounts you can rely on to make it more pocket-friendly. We hear that Kenaris Salon is having an irresistible deal for students: $148 for Haircut + Colour + Unlimited Bleaching, which is the cheapest we've seen thus far.

You can also refer to other salons having student promotions for your dream hair here.

Get Bright Hair Colour During School Holiday

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5. Hit the gym

Exercise During School Holiday

If you put in the effort, you can get a good body at any time in your life, but the effort required becomes exponentially higher as you grow older. Your skin is not as taut and your metabolism is not as high so it takes twice, thrice or even quadruple the time and effort for you to get abs or the lean body you've always dreamed of having.

While you still have the time, why not dedicate it to working out healthily to achieve your ideal body? This way, you learn about what works best to help you slim down, stay lean and healthy. 

6. Learn a new skill

Learn New Skills During School Holiday

Taking time off to learn a new skill might seem like a waste of time when you could be studying and graduating faster but picking up a new skill can be the breather you might just need. This skill can be arts or fitness related, or any other skill the feeds into your passion. When you take time off to develop your hobbies, it can make you happier and fuel you to concentrate better on your studies when you return to university.

Also, don't understimate what a developed skill can do for your resume. Employers look out for candidates who are not just good in one aspect. Thus, your learned skill can come in handy in the future.

7. Start a business

Start a Business During School Holiday

Have a business idea you want to pursue? Why not gather a group of friends to make it happen? You're never too young to start.

Even if you're not entrepreneurial, this experience will help you understand more about yourself - your strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes, as well as that of your partners. This will only benefit you in the long run. Do note that a business is a long-term commitment so take the time to plan it during the holidays so that you can still execute it while you're studying.

8. Dedicate time for your loved ones

Family Time During School Holiday

Career gives you a sense of achievement but relationships give you real joy. It's important to cultivate good relationships and show the people you love how much you mean to time. This can be as simple as taking a month off to travel with your parents, siblings, significant other or best friends. Tomorrow is never guaranteed, so while you still have the time, show them you love them!

9. Invest in your health

Health Check Up During School Holiday

Take care of your body, it's the only place you have to live. Unfortunately, some of us has seen God take away some of our friends at a young age within a span of weeks due to diseases, so get yourself checked if there are strange pains or persistent aches you've never experienced before. It isn't just your physical health you have to take care of. If the stress of school or personal problems is getting too much, take the time this holiday to talk to someone and recuperate.

10. Volunteer

As you grow older, you'll realize that fame, popularity and wealth is not everything. They don't bring you true happiness that warms the bottom of heart, the way giving does. It is difficult to commit but try to do so, at least for the school holidays and you might just get to see a new side of things while doing your part to better the world we live in. 

Tip: No matter what you choose to do, document your experience on a blog or vlog to inspire others. It also comes in handy when you want to reminisce about the good times!

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