During any student’s college years, they often go through a variety of academic and social experiences. But they also tend to enjoy a whole lot of other activities that go on to nourish their journey. Out of these things, one of the best ways to enjoy and receive wholesome benefits is to work on and create certain projects. Projects can either be done by oneself (DIY) or in a group.
If not a part of a student’s academic requirements, projects are always created to spend one’s energy and time more productively. But, going further in, projects can be taken upon and created for a variety of reasons—all of which usually go on to improve a student’s college experience. Projects can either be long and arduous or can be makeshift ones that need to be completed quickly. In this article, we will discuss a few ideas for makeshift projects for students.
But, before we jump into the article, students should also remember to always be cognizant of their academics. This is important especially when they are working on their (side) projects that sometimes may take a longer time than expected. A good solution to this problem is to try and study or work from libraries so they can keep their focus maintained. This is because studying or working from libraries has been scientifically proven to improve a student’s overall performance, productivity, and output.
In no particular order, here are 12 ideas for student makeshift projects.
1) Shoot an Advertisement, Documentary, or Short Movie
Today’s digital world has given great impetus to advertising, marketing, and storytelling. And, college students can easily gather the know-how and resources of creating some amazing video-based content. Not only can students promote brands and their businesses but also create some amazing stories about their college and life experiences.
2) Start an Online Blog, Journal, or Website
Today, everyone wants to become a writer but most don’t exactly know how to get started. Writing in the form of journaling is a proven method to not only get one’s mind and life on track but also help in releasing certain clogged emotions and feelings. And writing is all about releasing emotion. Today’s students can easily create and diversify their online presence and experience by creating their personal blogs or websites. A good project idea would be to create an assortment of (online) content that is important to the creator.
3) Create an Analog Collage
Creating artistic content is a very underrated way of developing one’s core abilities and skills. Art can help students improve their focus and work ethics. And, one of the best ways to get the most benefit from doing some craft is to create something real. A good idea for an art project is to create an analog collage – a presentable composition made out of various other objects of art.
4) Write & Compose a Poem or Rap Song
Writing and composing lyrics and music can be an amazing stressbuster for creative individuals. Poems and rap songs not only improve one’s thought process and short-form writing but also open new doors for students interested in music. Students can even take it further and plan a project for a rap song or poem video in the future.
5) Create an Interesting Science Project
We all have seen how science can be a lot of fun, especially when it comes to interesting experiments. If creating an erupting volcano is too easy, one can also look into other interesting intermediate experiments listed on the internet. One can easily find a slew of experiments in astrology, biology, chemistry, physics, and more. Remember to conduct your projects safely.
6) Design a Digital or Real Game
Board games are surely just as interesting and fun to play as they were before the mobile phone generation. Even if most games have digital versions now, there are always new ones hitting the market. One can easily create a new game that might potentially become the next big thing in the industry.
7) Create a Play or Skit & Act Out Your Lessons
This doesn’t necessarily only apply to those who study drama, literature, or theatre. All types of students can easily create fun games with their lessons to improve their learning experiences. And an excellent way of doing so is to create skits to act out one’s lessons. This idea usually requires a group of people so they can also be played out in classrooms as group projects.
8) Create an EBook, Newsletter, or Any Other Essential Document
Today, people mostly learn the most relevant and useful information from digital sources. Articles and blogs can be good but sometimes they are not in-depth or precise enough. E-Books or newsletters can help students thoroughly research topics and provide accurate, in-depth, and useful information. One can also find paying gigs or projects offered by companies willing to shell out money for good content.
9) Make Some Furniture
Using one’s hands to create something is always a meditative process. But the benefits can be amplified if people can also get some prolonged benefit out of their projects. One of the best ways to get the best of both is to create some useful furniture. Creating furniture is not the most difficult task in the world and can also be easily undertaken by those who don’t have ‘Shop’ as a subject.
11) Create a Meaningful Poster
Poster making is probably the easiest task to accomplish and may or may not require too much effort. Students can easily brainstorm to come up with creative and useful ideas for posters as there are always several available reasons to make them. Some of them can be political, sociological, artistic, commercial, and more. One can easily take some inspiration from @DudeWithSign on Instagram.
12) Work on an Exclusive Culinary Experience
Sooner or later, everyone has to pop into a kitchen to whip something up to eat. But what about planning a delightful culinary experience to treat one’s taste buds? Cooking something different or unique is always a fun idea, especially when one attempts new recipes from a new cuisine. The experiment can be enriching while also forging stronger bonds between those who eat the food.
The Bottom Line
All student-based research suggests that adding other fun and productive activities to their academic mix can help improve their overall performance and productivity. And projects can be an amazing source to inspire students in several ways. One can enjoy these benefits while working on solo projects or have a great group experience. The former can help students realize the importance of enjoying their own company while working by themselves and the latter can help students create stronger bonds with others while working together in a team.