So you’ve finally made it. After a semester of polishing your resume, practicing for phone and in-person interviews, shopping for “business casual” attire, on top of having a heavy course load and everything that comes with it, you are on your way to the first day of work! 5 pm comes around quickly and a sigh of relief escapes you as you plop on the couch. The blank TV stares back at you and your bed’s calling your name. You realize for the first time ever, that you have nothing you need to do.
Contrary to popular belief, there is life after co-op. As much as it hurts to do so, refrain from taking that post-work nap that always ends up turning into morning. Without homework, labs and exams to study for, co-op is the best time to do what you’ve never had time for! Need some ideas?
It’s so easy to forget that we are located in one of the most amazing cities in the US when Club Snell is the only thing you’ve known for the past semester. Step out of campus and you’ll find delicious food, free local events, and so much history. Head to the Commons and get some fresh air, or explore all the authentic restaurants in Chinatown! NU Student Life has a bucket list of things to do before you graduate if you’re looking for some inspiration.
Join a Club
Now is the best time to join that club you’ve been meeting to be a part of since Husky 101 Orientation your freshman year! Most campus organizations meet in the evenings to accommodate students on co-op. For a comprehensive list of the activities at Northeastern, their meeting times and contact information, check out OrgSync.
It may sound unnecessary (why do more work, after work?), but this might be the best time to start a personal project. Whether it’s finally launching a blog, working on an app idea, or learning a new skill like Photoshop, your co-op might help you realize what areas you need to improve on to land a dream job after graduation.
It’s so easy to shrug off your workout schedule during finals week, but with so much time in the evenings, getting back into that gym grind has never been easier! Marino has group fitness passes for just $50 a semester, or ClassPass is a great way to try out all the studios around Boston.
Just Have Fun
Of course, don’t forget to enjoy yourself. You’ve worked hard to get where you are and now you can finally reap the benefits of being on
co-op. Grab dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in a while, take a weekend trip outside of Boston, or even stay in and start a new Netflix series! There’s nothing wrong with having a little time to yourself.
Rebecca Peng is a 3rd year Information Science and Business Administration major who just completed her first co-op at Sonian in Waltham. She is a sister of Kappa Delta, a member of the Relay for Life Event Leadership Team and currently works for NU Student Life. She is fueled by good coffee and inspired by the city of Boston. Feel free to reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.