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What to do this mid-semester break

18 April 2017
Make the most of your spare time with these holiday suggestions

Looking for ideas on how to spend your mid-semester break (in between studying, of course)? These ideas will help you to recharge before returning to class. 

What to read

Break up your course readings and assignment prep with some leisure reading.

Did you know Hermione has a book club? Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf invites anyone to read and discuss a book a month. On the reading menu this month is Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ Women who run with the wolves: myths and stories of the wild woman archetype. If you’re feeling adventurous, go on a ‘blind-date with a book’ courtesy of Elizabeth’s Bookshop on King St. It’s a novel idea that lets you choose from a selection of random books wrapped innocuously in paper and perhaps discover an unexpected new favourite.

What to do

Get your tourist on with a visit to one of Sydney’s national parks, lakes, waterfalls or coastal walks. Concrete Playground has you sorted for ideas with this ultimate list of outdoor adventures. Alternatively, relive your primary school days with a day-trip to the Royal Easter Show, show bags and all, or if you’re looking for an after dusk activity, why not go for a night at the theatre? The Seymour Centre is showing Fallen exploring six ‘fallen’ women and their shot at a second chance.  If you’re feeling sporty, pick a side for the Sydney AFL derby when the Sydney Swans take on the GWS Giants on 22 April

What to watch

With plenty of shows returning to streaming services this April, jump on board and watch the new season of Better Call Saul on Stan or The Get Down available on Netflix. If you’re questing for something new, you’re bound to find a series that hits the mark on this Buzzfeed list. Or, if you're a fan of the big screen, there's plenty of student discounts at participating cinema's like the Dendy in Newtown who do $8 tickets for students every Wednesday.  

What to cook

Use your spare time to nail some student-budget staples, like ‘What’s in the fridge’ fried rice, DIY kofta burgers or sweet potato and pea curry. It’ll take the pressure off when you’re under the pump later in the semester. If you’re up for a challenge, why not enroll for a cooking class at one of Sydney’s renowned schools.

What to listen to

Whether you’re heading on a road-trip or subjecting your room to a cleaning frenzy, a good podcast is perfect company.

In case you haven’t already been roped in by your friends, S Town is a fascinating listen that unearths some incredible stories and characters in a small Alabama town. If you’re looking for something a little more educational, you can’t go past our Sydney Ideas podcast series, where our experts tackle topics from power in the Middle East to drones and global warming. While you're feeling informed, why not also check out another University of Sydney podcast series Open for Discussion covering equally enticing topics. 

If it's tunes you're seeking, there's nothing better than a live gig and with so many venues just a stones throw from campus there's plenty of options at your fingertips. Check out what's playing at the Newtown Social Club or Enmore Theatre during the break. 

Where to lunch

Thai-ed of arguing with your friends over the best cheap lunch in Newtown? The student team at USYD Update have done us all a favour and embarked on a ‘Thai crawl’ of King St. Put their recommendations to the test, or arrange a gastronomical adventure of your own. Another way to combine walking and eating is to explore one of many local Sydney markets held on weekends year round. Both Glebe and Carriageworks Farmer's Markets never disappoint. Or instead, choose a picturesque picnic spot and pack snacks!  

What to tackle

Have an item on your to-do list that you’ve been putting off for weeks (or even months)? It’s time to rip-off the bandaid. Head down to Centrelink and sort out your youth allowance, get that mole checked out or tick off an STI check-up (made more comfortable with these reassuring tips).

While you’re kicking goals, why not update your LinkedIn, sort out a filing system or research exchange options for next year (Semester One applications close 8 June).