5 cool things to do after board exams

Have the dreaded board exams finally come to an end? Are all those late-night studying sessions finally over? Can’t believe you actually have time to spare now? How else can you spend time apart from catching up on sleep, watching movies and TV series and going out with friends? Do you want to be productive and have fun at the same time? Fret not; we have a list for you to follow.

Here are 5 things you can and should do after your Board Exams-

1. Travel - Number 1 on the list and with good reason too, your Goa plans can now finally be set into motion. After months of staring at NCERT’s and R.D. Sharma, you need a break. Not only does traveling soothe your nerves, but it might also end up giving you a new outlook and a new perspective. Travelling can help you plan your near future. Away from all that is familiar, you can finally have the time and space to be free for a few days. Afraid the expenses won’t fit in your student budget? Don’t worry; there are a lot of places in India you can travel to even with a tight account, you just need to plan it right. Some of the cheapest getaways are- Kasol, Ooty, Mcleodganj, Goa, Darjeeling, Udaipur, Munnar and etc.

2. Internships - If you think you can only intern if you’re a college student, then you’re wrong. There’s no right or wrong age to learn. Internships have become necessary in today’s world, and a head start never hurts. Internships are the best way to figure out your likes and dislikes and most importantly, your talents. Once you figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are, you’ve fought half the battle. A lot of companies and organisations are willing to take up students as interns for a number of positions. For example- marketing, sales, content writing, human resources and etc. Do your research. Apply for the roles you think you are or can be a good fit for. Give interviews, and finally, intern. Interning can be both part-time and full-time. You don’t need to be living in a metropolitan city to be interning with a company based there. Virtual Internships are what run the world currently, and it’s about time you joined the race.

3. Join Communities - I feel like this is the right time to tell you that what they say about your teenage years is right. This is not a time that will come again. This is the age where you can explore without fear, make mistakes without consequences, and just work until you find your calling. The best way to begin would be to join communities. Communities are essential if you want to learn work ethic, gain leadership skills, and improve your personality as a whole. They give you exposure, improve your soft skills and also give you an opportunity to expand your social circle.

One of the best communities to join after you’re done with your Board Exams is Eat My News. A youth-run community with a content-driven website; Eat My News has a goal to make everyone in the world more informed, intelligent and inspired. Eat My News offers a Board of Young Leaders Program (BOYL) where students are called for a two-day residential conference which ends up changing their views regarding a lot of things. One gets to learn new skills from trained, well-renowned people and seek the inspiration, the motivation they were looking for. Once a BOYL member, students can then join one of the many departments the Eat My News Community has, for example- Content Writing, Online Reputation Management, National Expansions, Marketing, Human Resources and etc, and start working to make this world more intelligent. Here are 5 reasons you must join BOYL.

4. Attend Conferences/Workshops - Have you always wanted to try baking but were scared you’d burn the kitchen down? Try attending a workshop. Always wanted to write poetry but were scared of not being good enough? Attend a workshop. Have you always been interested in politics or history or music and have been looking for an opportunity? Attend sessions/seminars/conferences related to the field. These are the few months you have when you can try a plethora of new things without the worry of studies or deadlines. Don’t let go of this opportunity. Ashoka University offers the Young Scholars Programme which introduces high school students to liberal arts education. Through ‘experiential and hands-on learning’, you get to explore entirely new subjects. Even O. P. Jindal Global University offers a Global Summer School opportunity which provides ‘global perspectives, holistic learning and ethical engagement to guide students through their crucial transition from high school to higher education.’ One other such opportunity is Youth Leadership Conference, here's why you should attend it.

5. Join online courses - You don’t need to study something for years for it to matter in your CV or in your life. Short term online courses work just as well as any other long course. Unlike offline courses where you have to go to institutes to gain knowledge, online courses are flexible and have hundreds of options you can choose from. Be it business, technology, marketing or creative writing, you won’t see a full stop when it comes to the number of choices you have. You get to gain cost-friendly knowledge from skilled instructors and get certificates by the end of your journey. Some websites that offer online courses are- LinkedIn Learning, edX, Coursera, Skillshare, Mindgrad etc.

Months of hard work have finally started to pay off. Now that your exams are over, you finally have the free time you’ve wished for all this while. Enjoy it as much as you can and make full use of it. Just because you’re enjoying doesn’t mean you can’t learn at the same time. Who says gaining knowledge has to be boring and monotonous? Make knowledge acquisition fun. Be productive and make the most out of it. Here was a list of 5 things for you to do but there is a world out there waiting for you. Go out and explore. Learning should never stop.

-Vaishnavi Mohan

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