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What to do this mid-semester break

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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 do

Take a study break in the great outdoors. 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, re-live your primary school days with a trip to the Royal Easter Show, show bags and all.

Looking for something a bit more creative? Why not get together a few friends and make a short film in your break – enter it in the Who is Sydney? film competition and you could score the grand prize of $7,000. Not bad for a few days' work!

What to watch

With the weather starting to turn chilly, it's the perfect time to curl up with a blanket, a hot chocolate and one of these binge-worthy shows. Already seen these ones? 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 are plenty of student discounts at participating cinemas like Dendy in Newtown who offer $8 tickets for students every Wednesday.

What to listen to

Whether you’re hitting the road or subjecting your room to a cleaning frenzy, a good podcast is perfect company. If you've already flown through Dirty John, why not try Over My Dead Body? Brought to you by the same team, this series explores love, marriage, justice, revenge, and the lengths some people will go to get what they want.

If you’re looking for something a little more educational, you can’t go past our Sydney Ideas podcast serieswhere our experts tackle topics from white fragility and race politics to how sleep boosts your brain health. With hundreds to choose from, there's a topic for everyone. 

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

What to read

Break up your course readings and assignment prep with some leisure reading. If you’re feeling adventurous, go on a ‘blind-date with a book’ courtesy of Elizabeth’s Bookshop on King Street. It’s a novel idea that lets you choose from a selection of random books wrapped innocuously in paper – you might discover an unexpected new favourite. 

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 the band-aid off. Head down to Centrelink and sort out your youth allowance, get that odd-looking 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?

21 March 2018

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