The end of exam season is typically a time of celebration and social events for many students. However, with us being stuck in lockdown, it’s difficult to not feel that the end of exams this year will be somewhat anticlimactic.
Yes, you may not be able to celebrate with friends the way you normally would, but getting through your exams is still a huge thing to be proud of and there are plenty of (safe) ways you can mark the occasion.
Host a dinner party
It seems like EVERYONE is turning to cooking right now as a source of entertainment whilst at home, so hosting a dinner party could help show off those culinary skills. Even if you aren’t prepared to go full Nigella, making a special effort and cook up your favourite food for a dinner party with your housemates or friends on zoom is a great way to celebrate. Not a cook? Just order your favourite takeaway instead!
Go to the theatre or watch live music
For an alternative celebration, check out independent theatres or check your favourite artists’ social media feeds to see if they’re streaming performances – we also love Tiny Desk Concert. Sadler’s Wells and The Globe are among the establishments that are offering online showings of their world-class performances, so there’s some seriously good stuff out there if you know where to look.
Throw a virtual party
Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t have a party and celebrate with your friends! It might not be the same thing as going out, but why not make the most of what you can do and host a virtual end of exams celebration? Get out your best party playlist, dress up and celebrate your achievements with all your friends over zoom.
Give yourself some TLC
A spa day might be out of the question at the moment but the end of exams is as good an excuse as any for some serious self-care. Let’s face it, everyone could do with some TLC after weeks of studying and exams. Self-care can look different for everybody; for one person it’s putting on a face mask and having a hot bath, for some it’s settling in watching your favourite tv show or movies and for others it’s treating yourself to a well-deserved nap.
Book a virtual experience
If you want to go all out with the entertainment, there are a number of fantastic virtual events and experiences that you could try out. From cocktail classes and virtual murder mysteries to magic shows and wine tasting experiences, there are plenty of great ones to choose from, and plenty are very reasonably priced too. Have a look on Airbnb and Virgin Experience Days to find one to try!
Make plans for when lockdown is over
One of the worst bits of celebrating in lockdown is not being able to see all your friends and family in person, so looking forward to a time when we can all be together again is a great idea. None of us knows when the coronavirus pandemic is going to end, but reassuring yourself (or a friend) that you’ll celebrate when restrictions lift will give you all something to look forward to throughout this uncertain period.