When you’re in school, trying your best to survive finals, winter break is the light at the end of the tunnel that can’t come soon enough. Then, you finally finish exams, and winter break is great–that is until it starts to get old. Maybe you live in a too quiet of a town. Or maybe you aren’t used to all the free time. No worries, at all! Today, I’m sharing 7 things you can do over winter break.
What to do During Winter Break
Reevaluate your semester
Okay, so I know the semester is over, but it should not be forgotten. Take some time to sit with those final grades to really reflect. What are some positive things you did during the semester? Did you take awesome notes? Did you have a great work-play balance? Did you frequent office hours? Okay, what about the not-so-good things? Did you miss one too many class sessions? Don’t kick yourself; just figure out what went well and what didn’t. And be honest!
So, once you find the biggest takeaways of the semester, set some goals. What specific things do you want to see for yourself next semester? How many hours are you logging in the library? Do you have GPA goals? Are you cutting down on distractions? Do you want to socialize more? Maybe take on more club responsibilities (or cut down)? Think about what you want your semester to look like based on the last one, and set specific, concrete goals. If you really want to make a difference, write them down! Also, don’t write something like, “I want to study more.” Write, “I want to spend 3 hours in the library a day,” (if that’s really something you want to do).
Take care of yourself
Even with your goal setting, don’t forget to engage in some self-care. If you want to spend the day watching Netflix, do it. If exercise is more your speed, have at it (lemme know how it goes). If there’s something you enjoy doing that you don’t have time to do during the semester, enjoy it during the break. I, for one, will be diving into Stranger Things and maybe reading some books. Even if you just rest and relax, that would be enough. Appreciate the fact that you don’t have to wake up for class or do homework, and have some fun. If you need some self-care ideas, check out my self-care Pinterest board.
Expand your mind
While you’re having your fun, don’t shy away from enrichment. Learn, learn, learn! Even if it’s about something random, take some time to be a mini-expert on anything. If you’ve always wanted to learn a language, take some time to practice with DuoLingo over break. Learn a new craft, or work on a different recipe. The main idea is to just use your brain.
If you’re looking to be a little more active over break, find some volunteer opportunities. With the holidays coming up, there are plenty of opportunities for people to take on, whether you make plates for the homeless or sing carols in the nursing home. Check in with your local community center for any help with placement. If you live in a town without many organized volunteer opportunities, create your own! Pick up trash in a park, offer to shovel your neighbors’ snow, or offer to hang out with a younger sibling or cousin to give their parents a break. Lend a helping hand anywhere you can this holiday season.
Find a job
If you like the idea of working but can’t afford to do it for free. You might be able to find a job. During the holiday season, a lot of stores hire seasonal workers, so that would be a great chance for you to make a decent buck. If that’s not a possibility, check with local families for any babysitting gigs. Maybe you could go through your childhood possessions and find some things to sell in a garage sale.
Catch up with friends
If you have friends in town while you’re home, why not give them a ring? Hanging out with friends is always fun, even if you’ve grown apart a bit. Relive old memories and check in on where everyone is for a nice winter break reunion.
Hopefully, at least one thing on this list inspired you and your time off. No matter what you do during the break, remember to take care of yourself and appreciate the lack of class meetings and assignments. What are you doing over break? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great break and good luck in the new semester!