8 Things to Do While Out of School
Who says being out of school doesn't bring about good things? Actually, it depends on the way you look at it. Being out of school gives you a lot of time in your own hands, and it is upon you to decide what to do with it. Below are a few suggestions on things to do while you wait to say hi to your professor again.
1. Look for a job.
Surprise! This may probably sound killjoy to some who only want to have a good time around, but earning your own money will surely help you get on your daily life without having to ask money from your parents.
It doesn't have to be a nine-to-five job; it can be some small job that can give you some bucks and at the same time still enjoy your free time hanging out with friends.
Don't know what job to look for?
- You can try working in a restaurant as waiter or waitress.
- Tutor the kid next door who needs the help of your brain. Who knows, the kid might just be your next little best friend.
- In some countries, especially in the US, dog-sitting and babysitting are a great option.
- Now if you really want some job that can pay you more, try call centers and be a customer service representative. However, in many countries that offer this job including the Philippines, the employees work on graveyard shift, on weekends, and on holidays. You have to be willing to spend Christmas with your colleagues and your boss.
2. Help with the household chores.
Wash the dishes, clean your room, cook your meals, bathe your dogs, etc. This may sound cliché, but in doing these, you realize you tend to become more responsible.
3. Bake goods, and sell them.
This cannot only improve your baking or cooking skills but can also add more money to your piggy bank. Bake those that you already know how to make, or better yet, try a new recipe.
There are many ways you can make the most out of your writing skills. You can either
- write a journal. Write about your daily events, your thoughts, feelings, etc. The good thing about this is that you don't have to please anybody because these are your own feelings. You'll be surprised when you read back these journal entries and find out what kind of person you were in those days.
- write paid articles. Visit craigslist for people hiring people to write web contents, business articles, sports articles, etc.
- write for HubPages! This is a fun way to earn money. Now by this time, I still haven't earned because I am still newbie, but there are many Hubbers who are already earning a decent amount of money, even passively. (See success stories.) But of course, it's no piece of cake. It takes a lot of research and hard work before you see the cents adding up. Why don't you start now?
5. Read books.
Read great books for at least 30 minutes a day. Studies show that those who read often have lesser risks of having Alzheimer's disease when they get old than those who don't.
6. Visit old friends...or your new friends.
New school means new friends, and your being busy there might mean not having time to keep in touch with your old friends. Well then, now is the right time to come knocking those doors.
In our high school batch, many have stopped schooling, and I was the only one who stopped in the middle of the academic year in college. My old classmates in high school and I often got together to have a good time, talk, eat, etc. And I realized how much I missed them.
7. Develop your talents. Or better yet, learn something new!
Play the guitar, the piano, or whatever instrument you want to put your hands on. Write a song. Connecting with music is a very good way of spending your time. Draw something.
Remember that you have a lot of time in your hands so you don't have to rush. Take things slow and see yourself turn into someone talented. In the long run, your new passion might take you somewhere you never imagined.
To some people, this is as essential as breathing. To others, it doesn't come as naturally. When I stopped college three years ago, it basically gave me more time to think of that degree program that I really wanted to take. I asked myself a lot of times who and what I really wanted to be in the future. When I got back, I changed. I knew I was stuck in a course that I didn't want to have to do anything about and I transferred to another one.
Some people need a huge amount of time to decide about something big, something that will have a huge impact in their lives in the long run. Being somewhere busy and crowded (such as school) doesn't give you the right condition to think deep.
Maybe there's a reason why things happen. Maybe there's not. Either way, whatever you have in your hands right now, make the most of it.
Don't count every hour in the day; make every hour in the day count.