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Hang on in there, if you’ve not already finished exams, you’re nearly there! The end of the summer term is in sight, and what a great feeling that is. Hooray!

When exams finish, you can feel a real mixed bag of emotions. You might have been so stressed out that your brain feels like lead, your eyes struggle to focus and you can barely string a sentence together. Or, the post-exam period can be one of euphoria. In which case, you’ll want someone to appreciate your prolonged whooping and flamboyant dance moves, or it can seem a bit flat. Sharing either feeling with others should stop the lows getting too extreme.

So, now you’re finished, what can you do to really unwind? Well, there are lots of imaginative ways to spend your weeks of freedom before you graduate and experience the nine-to-five grind.

Why not plan a reward trip? Travel can be a perfect way to celebrate your achievements and move onto your next great adventure. A big trip won’t just ease your transition into the next stage of your life, it’ll give you a chance to reflect on where you’ve been, where you’re going, and where you want to end up.

But if the budget wont quite stretch to a trip abroad, why not take a day trip and explore the rest of the UK?  Did you know you can get an off-peak return ticket from Nottingham to Brighton for £60? And, if you still have work commitments, a day trip is a great way to take a short break from any stress without the need for a long period off work. It’s fun, super cheap and will make a great memory for the future.

Now is the perfect time for all that culture you never got around to doing in term-time as you juggled lectures, assignments, revision and nights out. So, go to the theatre, visit art galleries, attend screenings of obscure arthouse films and you’ll get an instant list of interests to swell your CV.

And for our female residents, there is a fantastic opportunity to support a great charity, be active and to shake off those exam stresses at the same time. Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life takes place this Sunday (4th June 2017) at Victoria Embankment. It’s a women’s-only event raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer. If you think it’s not for you because you’ve not run before, don’t let that phase you. You can walk or even dance your way around the course. For more details and to enter see here.

No matter what you decide to do with your free time during the summer months, it’s important to take some time out to unwind after a busy few months at university. Relax and recharge your batteries so you’re ready and raring to go for your next year at university, starting a new job or travelling the world.

Here at Lace Market Studios all of our Studios have a purpose-built study area as a standard and our students are able to take advantage of our clean and airy communal study areas. To find out how you can join our thriving student community please contact us today on 01158 240 590 to arrange a viewing.