All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Well, your life must be as dull as Jack’s, that’s why you ended up here!!

But don’t worry! You’ve landed at the right place with the right person. And this person (that is me of course) will give you some cool ideas to beat the heat and chill out during these ‘so-called summer vacations’.

HIGH SCHOOL + QUARANTINE = NOT A GOOD COMBINATION!

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As soon as you entered high school, you might have felt as if you’ve entered an entirely new world, a new phase of life. And if you guessed it right, yes I’m talking about teenage. The most awaited phase of our lives, the most romantic, the liveliest, the most zestful, or maybe the most demanding. This is the phase of life where you’re either slogging like a dog; or eating munchies, scrolling through Instagram, and binge-watching series.

 

Do you think you’re actually being productive? And now before you roll your eyes, listen up! No, you’re not being productive. This is a fact (Source: my personal experience) and I know you needed someone to show you the mirror, so thank me later.

 

To top it all, we are in ‘quarantine and trying to chill mode’, implies we can’t go out wearing sunglasses and get tanned nor can we experience the panoramic beauty of the mountains. So, the only option left is to sit at home and do something other than studying (after all, books also need a break!).

 

From whatever we have talked about so far, one thing we know for sure, high school+  quarantine = not a good combination. Maybe all you need is a pinch of magic and some good advice. So grab a cup of coffee and read along!

A student bored at home ( Source: New York Times )

JACK SAYS, WHY SHOULD I ?

Ok, so you might be wondering, why should I really do this? What’s in it for me? What will I get out of this?

If you engage yourself in things other than studying or completing homework and explore new things beyond books, your life will change in the following ways:

  1. You’ll have good stories to tell people– Once you’re indulging into new activities, you’re making new memories. You’re adding up your experiences which might as well become part of your personality and you’ll have good stories to tell your friends and family.
  2. You’ll win against boredom and lethargy– When you have nothing to do, it is likely that you’ll feel bored and lazy. This will help you find better ways to use your time productively. You can keep yourself occupied, instead of saying, “I have nothing to do.”
  3. Your personality will grow– Not only will you learn new skills, your personality will grow. You can concentrate on self-enhancement. This will increase your level of confidence and make you more responsible and of course boost your enthusiasm and make you feel relaxed and happy.
  4. You can divert your mind from negativity– Times aren’t great right now. The lockdown seems to have taken a huge toll on our lives, and you must be constantly under stress and pressure. But no worries! Doing something else will divert your mind from negativity and help you discover your true potential and have a positive outlook towards. So, no more being a sad panda!”

WHAT CAN HIGH-SCHOOLERS DO?

Now the greatest question, “What can high-schoolers do?” So there’s a plethora of activities you can indulge into to excite yourselves (and bless your souls) and enjoy your vacations nevertheless.

The 7-fold path to rock your vacations!!

1. INTERNSHIPS AND RELATED PROJECTS:

Internships are structured courses that help you explore fields related to your subjects in school, etc. It involves ‘hands-on experience’ where you work on assignments and projects. It helps you to discover the subject better and in a more interesting manner. Nonetheless, they’re a good opportunity to add credentials to your CV! (And that’s how you can kill two birds with one stone!)

 

Some good internship options for students are:

  1. Henry Harvin Teen MBA and Content Writing program for students ( This is a 15 day program teaching interns how to write a blog, how to write on WordPress, how to research a topic, make meaningful content make your blog rank by writing creative social media captions)
  2. Psychology Internships by Fortis Mental HealthCare experts
  • Internships on other topics like:
  • Coding
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Video Making
  • Photography
  • TV script writing
  • Cinematography
  • Creative Writing
  • Graphic design
  • Spoken word poetry
  • Journalism
  • Android App development, etc.
  • Tinkering or STEM

2. ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS :

You can enrol into online summer camps offered by your school and do activities like dancing, music, instrument playing, visual arts, etc. For more information, look up here.

3. MUNs :

A great way to use your time productively and also involve yourself in research is by participating in online MUNs. Online MUNs are upcoming and interesting and are very feasible in terms of registration cost. It’s also a wonderful way to know more about the world and its problems and resolve them through an online portal. For more information, look up here.

4. PHILOSOPHER’S TONE:

To clarify all doubts, this is not at all related to Harry Potter in any way. This is something I am telling from my personal experience.

 

Every high-schooler is a philosopher in his/her own way. They hold different views about the world, about themselves, their environment, the people around them. Since you too, are a philosopher, why not let others know what you think?

You can do this through various means, by either writing a blog, or expressing yourself through poetry. Widen your views and your forum and add your own colour to the digital content world. There’s nothing better than letting the words flow to emancipate.

 

Log in to blogger or WordPress, write a few posts and you’re ready to launch and fly.

5. READ AND RESEARCH:

Zora Neale Hurston once said, “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”

 

Use your free time to find that purpose, to find what you like the most. It can be anything from elephants in Africa, to the Kardashian clan; from Taimur Ali Khan to the history of coffee; from fashion and styling to recipe of quesadilla. It can be research on historical events, or how Coldplay came up or BTS.

 

Set out on your own secret mission. Achieve results, collect evidence from sources, surf the internet, read books, articles and magazines on the same.

 

Try to live what you research. Incorporate whatever you learn into your life.

6. DISCOVER YOURSELF:

Set out an expedition to explore yourself. Find your calling, identify your true potential.

 

As a teenager it often gets tough to maintain a balance between you and your emotions. It becomes difficult to tackle the anxiety, the stress, the mood swings.

In order to find yourself and restore your energy, you can practise the following:

  1. Do yoga and meditation
  2. Maintain a diary
  • Fill your happiness jar! (Find whatever made you happy that day, write it on a chit and pop it into a nice big jar. Make sure to fill it every day, and before your schools starts, open it and read all the chits, feel nostalgic and learn to appreciate the little things in life)
  1. Compare yourself with yourself (Realise how far you’ve come, how you’ve crossed the hurdles in your path and what mistakes you’ve made and self-introspect.)
  2. Take up psychometric tests on EQ, etc.
  3. Take up a hobby. Find what relaxes you the most. You can unleash your creative side with art, dance, cooking and music or your technical side by designing robots, conducting experiments, developing an app.
  • Take some time off from social media to focus on yourself. Social media is a major cause of FOMO. Instead, during this lockdown period, experience JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out).
  • The sky is not the limit. Grab a telescope and be a stargazer. Due to less pollution nowadays, you can even spot stars twinkling in the night sky from metropolitan cities. So grab a telescope and get started.

Apart from talking to yourself, talk to people you love the most, ask them how they are. Make new memories with them, you can do that through online  gardening, playing games with them, writing them e-mails, video-calling them, etc.

Don’t forget to give yourself a hug and say, ‘I love myself”. (Don’t be self-obsessed!)

7. BE THE CHANGE:

As a high school student, it’s important to take a sneak-peek into the real world. And the real world is full of problems.

 

Never believe that you’re too young to solve problems. Greta Thunberg is a world-wide inspiration for all. Here are sources that support the same.

 

https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/ideas-4-action/

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/893009

Teenagers can solve the worst problems if they channelize their energy towards achieving the same. So put on your thinking caps, and think of potential solutions to problems like climate change, terrorism, etc.

 

If you think you’re able enough to mobilise opinion and bring change in the society, log on to https://www.change.org/  and start and share your petition.

CONCLUSION

To conclude, following are the seven golden tips you can follow to get fruitful results out of your summer break.

You can come back fully refreshed and rejuvenated to school and enlighten others with the knowledge you’ve gained and the positivity you’ve gathered.

Don’t forget that your life is not dull and you can make it brighter. You can even volunteer to motivate people and brighten up their lives. Be a friend in need. Be someone’s support system.

Be you!

Writing this blog post was quite helped me a lot personally, I hope it will help you and others too!

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