It is very easy to take summer holidays for granted especially if you’ve had one every year for your whole life so far. When we are studying, we expect to get a holiday in the summer, at Christmas and at Easter. I certainly still have the impression that summer is a time of fun and relaxation, however it has just dawned on me that these summers have been counting down and I might have just enjoyed my last proper summer holiday.
The amount of holiday I have been getting for summer has been gradually increasing since I was in year 11 and doing my GCSEs. Before year 11, I had about 6 weeks off for summer, after year 11 I got 8 weeks and then at university I almost got 16 weeks! This has allowed me to learn to really be able to wind down during the summer and not have to worry about anything at all. It really has been very enjoyable and I feel that it only gets better every year.
It has dawned on me, however, looking at the my work contract now and seeing that my total number of holidays for the whole year barely even totals the length of the summer holiday I got in primary school. It’s not a permanent job, so I could still have one last proper summer holiday after I graduate, but there is also the chance that I could get a job straight after I graduate.
I am glad to say that I think I have made the most out of my summer holidays, especially the more recent ones when I get to see some friends outside of university. Of course, I wish I still had some more summer holidays to enjoy; which is a possibility if I get into a career in education. I do also now understand why people say being a student is the best period of your life. There are many other advantages, but one of them is just the amount of holidays we get: last year my holidays totalled up to about 6 months!
As a student, I have always looked forward to working because I just think it’s an easier life with no homework, coursework, or exams. This is true in some respects, but it also means less holiday. Perhaps it all actually works out though, because the amount of time we spend on homework, coursework and revision as a student actually means that we can sometimes work non-stop during term time. I always then tell myself that I deserve the long holiday I get afterworks.
On the other hand, for me at the moment, I have found that I do not need to worry or think about anything work related after I get home. So working is a lot less stressful and intensive for me at the moment compared to university, but there are disadvantages like having to wake up early every day and work all day. It does make me wonder how I managed to do it in primary school and most of secondary.