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Reading: More Than Just a Hobby

February 15, 2024

As hectic as life gets, I always make time to pick up a good book and I know that might sound crazy to some of you, but hear me out. Reading can improve so many aspects of your life! Let me convince you all to dust off that bookshelf this semester. 

Stress reduction

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As students, we deal with stress daily. To me, it has become a normal part of my life. However, it’s important to do something about it. Reading is one great way! When you read, you create a mental space to engage with something more captivating. As you dive into a good story, all your worries and stress fade away, letting you relax and escape for a while. 

Vocabulary expansion 

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Undoubtedly, reading is a valuable tool for enhancing your vocabulary. Strong communication and language skills are beneficial in any career path you decide to pursue. When you encounter an unfamiliar word while reading, just look up its meaning, and voila, you’ve added a new word to your vocabulary!

Improves your memory

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In my opinion, one of the most significant benefits is the enhanced power of the brain. Reading can supercharge your brain, which allows you to store vast amounts of information. Each new memory formed during reading creates fresh brain pathways and synapses. Reading not only strengthens your current memory but also aids in recalling short-term memories- which can come in handy during midterms and exams!! 

Improves focus and concentration

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In a world filled with phones and devices, it’s easy to lose focus on important tasks like finishing our assignments or studying for tests. However, reading can be a game changer for our productivity. Devoting at least 20 - 30 minutes to reading can significantly benefit your brain. It improves memory focus and concentration, making it a worthwhile practice to enhance your overall productivity. So, why not give it a try?

Source of entertainment

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Entertainment doesn’t solely come from watching shows or movies; there’s another enjoyable option – reading! While we often turn to screen time to relax, trying out a good book might surprise you. It might seem boring at first, but once you give it a shot and discover a book you genuinely enjoy, you’ll find yourself deeply focused and putting it down will be the last thing on your mind! 

Over the past few months, I’ve been making an effort to read more. Honestly, I wasn’t initially keen on the idea. However, I found a great book that I really enjoyed and have not stopped reading since then. I truly find reading enjoyable, and I encourage you to give it a shot! Trust me, you might just find it as enjoyable as I do. 😄

By Dilothi Selvarajah