So you spent exam term hanging on to the promise of May Week, followed by three glorious months of summer. Those three months of freedom seemed heavenly. But half-way in, summer’s starting to lose its appeal.
Our frazzled brains needed a break, and thinking of fun, imaginative things to do is hard work. This inevitably resulted in a Netflix-filled July, interspersed with the occasional trip to the fridge. Though this vegetative lifestyle was initially enjoyable, you’re probably starting to feel restless; we’ve grown accustomed to the manic, non-stop rush of Cambridge life after all.
Indeed, my boredom is only surpassed by my longing to return to Cambridge. I miss my uni friends – although given 99% of our student population seem to live in London / Surrey, a reunion would take minimal effort; I miss the independence; I miss being within walking distance of all nightclubs; heck, I even miss deadlines – at least they gave my existence some purpose.
But if, like me, your summer has taken a slump, fear not, for I have taken one for the team and racked my brains for some exciting summer adventures that will take your mind off uni-withdrawal without draining your bank account:
Why not take a day trip to the beach? If you’re lucky it might even rain; find me a Brit who doesn’t love a hearty moan about the weather.
You could also try camping, or at least have a campfire in your back garden to indulge the pyromaniac in you.
England can be a bit pretty Image: Steve Cadman
If you’re particularly missing punting frolics on the Cam, head to your nearest river or lake, rent a boat and start paddling. If there aren’t any suitable waterways near you, build your own raft and commandeer your local swimming pool – I’m pretty sure there isn’t a law against it.
After all that adventuring you’ll undoubtedly have worked up quite an appetite, so get a group of friends together and have a series of Come Dine With Me type get-togethers – it’s heaps cheaper than eating out with only a slightly increased risk of food-poisoning.
Alternatively, hold your own Bake Off and perfect the ultimate showstopper.
By this point you should be exhausted, so build a fort – this only gets more fun with age – and snuggle in for a movie night.
No excuses, it’s time to emerge from your cocoon of chocolate wrappers, shake off the cobwebs and enjoy the summer that exam-term you dreamed of.