If you've decided you want to go to uni, then we're going to go ahead and assume you're feeling pretty smug and have already submitted your application. If you haven't, then you've got about four weeks till the January 15th deadline.
So between now and then, stop dreaming of a vaccine Christmas and dream instead about where your chosen degree might take you.
It’s been an exhaustingly long term as we trudge towards the Christmas holidays. If the sun doesn’t wake you up and disappears before you arrive home, at least the blindingly bright red nose of Rudolph on your window will bring some light. Especially if you’ve had to isolate lately, the days may seem to blur tediously together like a tangle of Christmas lights: checking emails for ucas offers, coursework, finding yourself on tiktok, work, having a nap that lasted too long…
To put it simply, things are getting a bit dull.
In this blog, I’ll be talking about how we can productively lift our spirits by discovering some new interests. ‘Tis the season of sharing and goodwill! Time seems to be as short as the fading sunlight, but luckily, there’s still 24 hours in a day. We can still make the most of it and break this cycle of yawns and staring at the ceiling. Whilst school teaches us that our aim should be to productively get school work done, this is far from the truth.
Yes, it is about being efficient at completing tasks, but productivity is not always about academic work.
Researching and supporting a cause that matters to you this Xmas not only helps you. It can massively help others.
Supporting causes can help you work out what you want from life. Careers in the 21st century, when we are likely to work for longer than ever (and for different companies), will be based much more on company values and ethics than older generations - who tended to focus on a paternal "you'll move up through the ranks from apprentice to retirement" arm around the metaphorical shoulder, driven by financial security first, a job-for-life second, and perhaps striking lucky and enjoying your career third. Younger people, via social media, are much more aware of global issues and therefore how they want to fit into them (and ideally solve or improve them).
As (a very different) Christmas approaches this year, it's a great time to think about our relationship to 'things'. The presents we choose to buy for loved ones and friends tells us more about our own relationship to consumerism (and money) than we realise...
Since money is tight this year, and budgets are stretched, can we all fuel our creativity and give a little more than physical presents this Christmas? Can we make the act of giving a more wise and inventive one? With presents that fulfill more than the physical item itself and instead do good for the planet, bring us closer together in an experience, or perhaps give a percentage of each sale to a charity you (and your loved ones) believe in? And surely, above all, turning our phones off and being truly present with those we care about is the best thing we can give in these strange bubble-like times?
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