You're on the right track there...
Katherine recommends the following next steps:
- Volunteering is a perfect way to contribute to your community. Depending on what you're into, contact that organization and ask around. Also, take this time to build your relationships. Your network is a big asset in your life. Maintain old connections that are worth keeping, and also start branching out.
- Reflect, meditate, call it what you want... you can use this free time to quiet your mind and practice patience and inner peace. You are your biggest investment so take the time to listen to yourself. And be honest about what you want and don't want from life.
- Cultivate new hobbies and polish up old ones-- playing an instrument, painting, biking, hiking, writing, etc.
- Read-- be it books, magazines, journals, articles, textbooks. You can expand your literary horizons by diving into genres that you may not have considered before. For example, Russian literature may seem intimidating but if you break it down into bite-sized chunks, the stories and characters are relatable. Or, try scientific papers and learn about the world around you.
- Taking an online class-- whether you're still in college or out and already working, taking an online class is a great way to learn a new skill or to brush up on old ones. Think about subjects that are either useful to your current academic or professional situation, or simply fun/interesting/entertaining.