7 Cool Skills That You Can Learn This Summer

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Summer is coming up and many of us love making the best out of it. Learning new skills is always a great idea to get to know yourself better, especially if you’re getting into college and still haven’t decided on a major! Here are some examples of cool skills that can be easily mastered:

1. Solving large puzzles (1000+ pieces)

I've always enjoyed solving jigsaw puzzles as a kid, but, as the years went by, It's like I almost forgot that they still exist. However, I would like to thank quarantine for bringing puzzles back into our lives. I've been surrounded by a lot of friends and family members that started showing interest in solving large jigsaw puzzles to keep themselves busy. And by large, I mean puzzles with over 1000 pieces! Solving puzzles come with plenty of benefits such as increasing your IQ, improving memory, decreasing stress level, and increasing productivity.

The good news is: you don't have to be an avid jigsaw puzzler or any of that. All you have to do is:

  1. Go on https://www.amazon.com/
  2. Choose a pretty puzzle
  3. Add it to your cart

And that's it! Enjoy solving it and don't forget to swap puzzles with your friends!

2. Painting on a canvas

Surprisingly, painting turned out to be way easier than I expected. All I did was watch some YouTube videos for beginners and, believe it or not, I was good to go. Of course, I went for simple drawings, but this didn't change the fact that I learned a new skill.

If you would like to give painting a try, then here's what you will have to buy:

  • A canvas (any size — depending on the drawing)
  • Acrylic paint colors (you might only choose 2 or 3 if your drawing doesn't need many colors)
  • A painting palette
  • Brushes (go for different sizes, so they can be more convenient while painting)

3. Embroidering on a canvas

If you use TikTok, then I'm sure you already know what I'm talking about. Many embroidered canvas TikToks have gone viral in the past year — turning into a trend. Just like this one:

@erynnicolet

TikTok made me do it ##art ##canvasembroidery ##painting ##fyp

♬ wish you were gay - Billie Eilish

When I started seeing several TikToks like these, I have to admit that I got really inspired. Since I have no experience in embroidery, I started learning to backstitch on an old pair of jeans (again just by watching some YouTube videos). Then, I went on and bought a canvas and some paint. And yay! I had a pretty embroidered canvas.

Although it took me some time to practice, sometimes you just have to go for it. You won't lose anything if you simply give it a try!

4. Learning a foreign language

This is honestly the most interesting one for me! I'm bilingual, and I always love exploring new, different languages. Sometimes, I even watch TV shows and movies in foreign languages to practice the language I'm learning. My go-to app is Duolingo! You can download it on your phone and even add your friends to it. (ps: it's completely for free)

It's very fun and easy to use and, most importantly, encourages you to get better and better. The app enables you to join group chats and communities to practice different languages. And let's not forget about the daily reminder notifications to keep you on track to learning your chosen foreign language.

5. Starting a reading habit

All I have to say is the #BookTok community has got your back! If you have no idea what BookTok is, it's simply a community of readers on TikTok that share plenty of book recommendations, reviews, and literally everything you'll ever need. You don't have to be an avid reader or anything. All you have to do is search for this hashtag on the TikTok app and scroll till you get bored (just a note: you won't! ).

@alifeofliterature

If anyone asks you what happens at the end, just LIE 🌊 ##wewereliars ##books ##booktok ##booker ##ya ##bookclub ##bookworm ##fyp ##4u

♬ everybody wants to rule the world - okhun

The community is absolutely amazing and lovable. You'll make a lot of friends by simply liking or commenting on their TikToks. And I promise you, they will welcome you with open arms. No matter what genre you find interesting, you will find your people! There's nothing better than connecting with people with the same interests.

And don't worry, if you haven't read a book before or just have a bad experience, you will also find people that are looking for their very first book to read — just like you!

@aymansbooks

this is a standalone by V.E Schwab ##theinvisiblelifeofaddielarue ##bookrecs ##bookrecommendations ##booktok

♬ Experience - Ludovico einaudi

6. Trying a new sport

I know this might sound like it's a bit hard and time-consuming, but, trust me, it isn't! You don't have to be professional in a sport. You can just learn how to play it and turn it into a new hobby. It's as simple as that. If you're saving up money and don't want to pay for practice, then you can just meet up with a sporty friend and make them teach you — I'm sure they would love to hear this.

Moreover, you can talk to your parents and let them teach you some easy sports that they might've played during high school. What's better than spending some quality time with your family while learning a new sport!

7. Giving cooking a try

Last but not least, you can try cooking. Who knows, you might love it! You can look up recipes on Google, YouTube, Instagram, or even TikTok. You will find plenty of accounts that you can follow. For example, Eloise Head, a British woman, runs her own food account on Instagram and shares amazing dessert recipes. She's really good at making everything look easy!

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In conclusion, there are so many things you can learn this summer. I'm sure we all got bored of our phones and social media during the past year. So don't waste your time, and make the best out of it! All you have to do is find the motivation and commitment — and maybe a friend — and you'll be good to go. Enjoy and don't forget that there's always a first time for everything!

Mariam Ramzy
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Mariam Ramzy is a freshman student that is currently studying physiotherapy at the University of Hertfordshire. She aspires to achieve so many things in life, including traveling the world and becoming a certified scuba diver.