Well done for getting through what has been a unique and challenging experience in academic learning and life. With the relief of the assessments over, and the vaccine coming to the U.K. there's plenty to look forward to! We want to make sure you still have plenty to get involved with in the meantime, so we've collected a few of the places and spaces to find out what's going on and how to get involved over the winter break.
Talk It Like A Man
Kick off the festive period with this short podcast by students Hristo and Josh and sabbatical officer Sam! Talking us through Xmas traditions and the University Connections Matter Webpage.
Rest & relaxation
For many, the long days of staring at Zoom meetings for study and lectures has taken its toll. An academic semester is tough enough without the constant glare of a laptop screen, so make sure you look after yourself first and foremost this winter break. Mind, the mental health charity has outlined some great tips to help you relax and recoup:
Mind has also put together a great article on Christmas coping tips - especially for students who are unable to travel during the break so make sure you use your new-found digital abilities to stay in touch over the winter period. Student Space also has some great resources and support services for students to access including test, web and phone support.
Just because the academic calendar has a break, doesn't mean the activities have to! There's still plenty of events and activities taking place, so make sure you are a part of the CUSU "Christmas" Lockdown Lounge page on Facebook. There's also #WinterwithCUSU programme which has a range of brilliant activities taking place over the winter break for you to get involved with no matter where you are. Make sure you are following the Students' Union Instagram page as well for more digital activities.
Professional & Personal Development
A month doesn't seem to be a long time - but, with less distractions, it can be a window of opportunity. With a semester of academic studies behind you, now might be the perfect time to develop yourself creatively and professionally. The winter period is a great time to give back. Beat the cold weather with good deeds - have a look at some of the amazing opportunities that are taking place with some of the amazing charities that CUSU partners with.