6 fun things to do after handing in your dissertation

Writing your dissertation is a huge undertaking that takes up around six months of your time during your final year at university. Juggling your dissertation with lectures, seminars, coursework, and other essays, as well as your part time job and household chores is no mean feat. Many students find themselves living on a diet of instant noodles, biscuits, coffee, and alcohol during the final stages of the dissertation process; not to mention the all-nighters sat in front of the computer reading journals and typing drafts.

As you progress through your dissertation and get closer to the deadline you’ll probably begin to rely on junk food and very little sleep, and you’ll stop socialising with friends as often because you just don’t have the time. Once you’ve handed your dissertation in, it’s like a weight has been lifted and you’re suddenly free again; but what to do with all this free time? Before your exams begin and you need to turn into a social recluse for revision purposes, here are five fun post-dissertation activities to help you love life again...

  • go out for a really nice meal
  • go to the zoo
  • Go to the beach
  • Have a duvet and movie day
  • go on a mini break
  • catch up with your hobbies

Writing your dissertation is an intense and time-consuming process, so it’s likely that you’ve not had much spare time to devote to your favourite hobby. Now that you’ve handed it in, you’ve probably got a bit of free time until you need to start revising for your exams, so put it to good use and fall in love with your hobby all over again. If you didn’t have a hobby before, now is a good time to take one up. Whether you’re interested in rock climbing, baking, knitting, or yoga, spending time doing something you enjoy is a great way to relax, unwind, and reward yourself for all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into your dissertation.

Writing your dissertation is such a huge part of your life for around six months or more, so once you finally hand it in you may be feel a little lost! Fear not, there are a variety of fun things you can do now that you have a bit more spare time.