Who says you need to jump straight into tertiary education after SPM? You’ve just weathered five solid years of secondary school, it’s only fair to take some time off to relax, recharge and prime yourself for the next stage of your educational journey! Here are five fun things you can do after SPM that do not involve college but still give you a great start to your tertiary education journey.
1. Travel the world
If you really think about it, there’s no better time to travel than after completing your secondary school studies! For once, you can immerse yourself in the experience of exploring the different sights and sounds of the world without a care or worry about upcoming exams or unfinished homework. Oh, the joy! Travelling the world – or at least, to one new destination of your choice – not only opens your eyes to the different cultures, practices and people in the world, it also gives you valuable life experiences that may change your perspective of life and maybe even give you a better idea of what you would like to pursue as a career.
2. Volunteer for a good cause
You know all those times you lamented not having enough time to volunteer for a cause you believe in because you were too bogged down by homework, assignments, examinations and extra classes? Well, you’re finally free of those “shackles”, so if there’s ever a good time to do some volunteer work, it’s now! You could volunteer at a soup kitchen: Open your eyes to how those who are marginalised by society live and lend them a listening ear. Basic necessities aside, many people just want somebody to share their stories with. If you love animals, volunteer to help out at animal shelters and lend a helping hand at adoption drives.
3. Indulge in your hobbies
Time to dust off those books you bought a long time ago that are just sitting on your bookshelf, waiting to be read! Or if you’re an art enthusiast, whip out your paints and canvasses, visit the many art galleries across the country or just catch up on documentaries about art. If you’re more of an outdoorsy person, join a group and go on hiking or trekking expeditions and rock climbing trips. Or if you prefer to capture the great outdoors in pictures, hone your photography skills while taking in the beauty of nature. The possibilities are endless!
4. Get a part-time job
College is expensive, that’s a given. Giving your long-suffering parents a helping hand when it comes to financing your college education is the best gift you could possibly give to them. While there are many options for financial aid and scholarships available, taking up a part-time job to fund your studies shows initiative and a great sense of responsibility. Having a part-time job teaches you the value of money, the importance of hard work, and the true meaning of being financially independent. And although you will have to give up the job once college starts, you would have gotten a head start in the work experience department – make sure it goes on your resume!
5. Start something
Maybe you’ve been mulling over the idea of selling sweet treats over the internet, or perhaps you have a knack for sussing out the latest fashion trends and had always wanted to start an online fashion boutique. Well, with more time on your hands than ever before, now is as good a time as ever to put those ideas into motion! Working on your very own project gives you the motivation to stay the course and do the best you can, and who knows, if you do a really great job of it, there may even be someone out there who’s willing to invest in your idea.