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How to make the most of your summer as a student

Following last year's lengthy lockdowns, we're all pretty excited for summer 2021, especially students. So in our latest blog post, we're on hand with some inspiration to ensure you enjoy your summer as a student in Ireland. 

Learn new skills 

Okay, so the idea of learning after finishing a year of studies may not seem too appealing to you. But, as the term ends, you'll enjoy the headspace to take on new challenges. Whether this is learning an instrument, reading a new book every week or mastering your favourite cocktail, learning doesn't need to be a chore.

Pursue your hobbies 

Your interests and hobbies can be the things that set you apart from others when studying and exploring future career choices. With more time on your hands, summer is the perfect time to pursue your hobbies, making time for the things that genuinely interest you. Plus, it's a bonus if your hobby is somehow related to your career or studies. For example, this summer might see you work on TikTok stardom and enhance your content creation skills! 

Socialise 

After spending over a year in and out of lockdown, there's no doubt socialising with your friends, family, and fellow students will be on the agenda. Thankfully, Ireland is home to plenty of hotspots that are social hubs for your next gathering. From beer gardens and restaurants to festivals and art galleries, there are plenty of places to socialise and meet like-minded people.  

Explore 

While Ireland is great fun all year round, some would say it's even better during the summer months. From live music and art shows to the breathtaking scenery and the iconic Guinness Storehouse, there's much to be enjoyed. Below are just some of the attractions you could check out… 

Wild Roots Festival 13th – 15th August 

Hosted in Sligo, Ireland, Wild Roots Festival 2021 is a brand-new festival experience where "revellers can rejoice in music, witness wonder and get lost in adventure." The festival will see the likes of the Kaiser Chiefs, James Morrison, Booka Shade, and The Sherlocks take to the stage. 

Olympio x OUTSIDER Collective – 14th August 

Rapper and spoken-word artist Raphael Olympio, KeSTine and Outsider YP will come together for an exceptional live performance at Cork City's Elizabeth Fort. The event will see the artists showcase their distinctive styles and influences as they create music that pushes genre boundaries. 

Electric Picnic 3rd – 5th September 

Taking place at Stradbally Hall in Laois, Ireland, in September is Electric Picnic 2021. "Ireland's largest gathering of music & arts, and the ultimate rock n' roll circus" will see world-renowned artists including Snow Patrol, Chemical Brothers, Lewis Capaldi, Skepta, Little Simz and Annie Mac grace the stage for a weekend to remember. 

These events have stringent COVID-19 measures in place, including social distancing rules and comprehensive cancellation policies in the case the event doesn’t go ahead as planned. 

Cliffs of Moher 

If escaping the crowds and experiencing Ireland's nature is on the cards, Cliff of Moher won't disappoint. The Cliffs of Moher are dramatic sea cliffs located along the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. If you take a trip, you'll soon see why they're one of the most popular attractions in Ireland. 

Inchydoney Beach

If a day at the beach is more your thing, you'll be glad to know there are an impressive 109 beaches to be explored in Ireland. Perhaps one of the most impressive is Inchydoney Beach, home to calm waters, white sands and remarkable views. 

To find more events in Ireland, check out Discover Ireland or Song Kick. For attractions, Planet Ware has listed 17 of the country's hotspots. 

Even if a holiday abroad or a trip back home isn't on the agenda, we're confident you'll enjoy your summer as a student in Ireland. Until next time, have fun! 

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