How to Stay off Netflix This Summer

By Joanne Card - Reporter

This article should probably be called “Help! I’m feeling guilty because summer is nearly over and I’ve spent most of it watching stuff on Netflix” but that’s a little wordy.

University starts again in just over a month and, if you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the last few weeks binge watching Netflix. By now I have watched every episode of pretty much every TV show on Netflix that vaguely interests me. So, now what?

Get a Job

At the risk of sounding like your mum, getting a summer job is probably the best thing you can do. You get cash, meet new people and it fluffs up your CV. Whilst going to work during this heat is probably one of the last things you want to do, it has all sorts of benefits. So peel yourself off the sofa, fluff that cushion to get rid of your ass print and update your CV, ready to give out.

Find a Class or Club

Yoga, crochet, languages, football, rugby. Whatever floats your boat. There may not be loads available but hopefully you can find something. Now some classes can be quite costly and if you’re still struggling to fulfil Step 1 of this article then you may not have the necessary funds to join up. Alternatively, you may also have been a little too successful at Step 1 and now you have no time to go to the local yoga studio. Either way, YouTube is the place to go. It’s free and easy and there are so many videos of the same thing that you can pick your instructor. Come back to university showing off your Spanish skills, your granny squares or your one legged crane pose (and then teach me because how the hell do you balance for that stuff?).

Visit Friends and Family

You made friends at university and you promised you’d meet up in the summer… But then you sat down to watch Sense8. So text your friends and arrange a meet up. Trust me, trying to organise your friends to all be in the same place at the same time will take a couple of weeks anyway*. On a more serious note, visit your relatives. Especially your grandparents. You think you’re bored and lonely because you’re at home alone during the summer while your parents are at work? Imagine having that every day. Go visit your ill grandma. Or your lonely granddad. They’ll appreciate it more than you know.

*Side note: trains are seriously expensive. I don’t know why. It literally costs less to leave the country than it does to travel within it. If you can face the long journey, try travelling by coach instead.

Start on September’s Reading List

Maybe the one your course leader put up in May to prepare you for the next academic year. But also… not. You may have a stack of books in your room that you’ve been meaning to get round to reading. Well, now is your chance. If you’re not sure what you’re wanting to read, www.goodreads.com gives you recommendations based on books you’ve read before.

Volunteer

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to use your free time for good instead of Netflix. Volunteer at a local charity shop (I have it on good authority that you get first pick of all the donations), animal shelter (especially good for when you mum won’t let you get a pet because “you’re at university most of the time”. Ugh.) or whatever else takes your fancy!

So there we have it. The list of things to do to assuage the crippling guilt of a summer long Netflix binge.

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