Don’t Hibernate Away the Winter Break
One of the things a lot of college students have to learn to handle is the winter break between fall and spring semesters, which is usually a month or longer. Most of us had as much as two weeks off during high school, but that was filled with holiday celebrations and such things as traveling to visit family.
This much longer college break is a different thing entirely. Most of us will head home as though nothing has changed but this time, parents will have to go back to work and younger siblings will go back to school long before we have to return to campus.
This can make the winter break not always a good thing. We have to leave a routine we spent most of a semester getting used to. We are leaving behind friends we have just started to get to know. Plus, we have weeks to forget everything we just spent months learning. So staying motivated during the break can be really hard to do.
Here are some tips to help you prepare yourself to come back to school after break.
Don’t Get Lazy
Find a routine that works best for you when you go home, a routine that you can get into that will have you staying motivated and moving. Work out, identify a project around the house that you can complete in a month, volunteer or even look for a short-term job to bring in a little extra cash.
Whatever you do, don’t get into a routine of doing nothing but lying down all day and eating junk food. Once you get lazy, it’s hard to get back into the swing of things.
It can be too similar to students who drop out and find it a struggle to get back into the routines of school because they have been out of it too long. During winter break, it is far better to find things to do that will keep you busy and motivated.
Check Your Books Out Early
Start preparing for the spring semester. You have registered so you know what your classes are going to be so don’t wait till the last minute to buy your books. They might be gone.
First, do some research. A rule of thumb I use is don’t get the books if you don’t need them. Ask around, see if other people have had that class or book before and ask if you can borrow it.
Ask someone who has taken that class before if the book is really necessary. Too many students make the mistake of buying an assigned book and never ever actually cracking it open, a waste of your money and time.
Don’t Fall Off the Face of the Planet
Don’t be a stranger with the friends you’ve made at college: text, call, Skype or FaceTime your friends.
We all know that friends you make in college could possibly be friends you have for the rest of your life. So keep up with them, their lives, their problems and just be there. The holidays aren’t always easy for everyone.
And don’t be a bum! Get out, talk to old friends from high school or your neighborhood. Be cautious of the (possible) wintry weather and poor road conditions but if the weather permits, make an effort to meet up with those friends. Maybe even go on a mini-vacation from your vacation!
The winter break is a blessing if you handle it well. After a semester of nonstop homework and constant “do this” and “do that,” the break provides us with time for family, fun and relaxation, unless you have an extremely loud family like mine. If you do, you probably find comfort in non-stop talking and laughter during family gatherings.
Make of the most of this time with your family and of being home because, before you know it, it’ll be time to head back to Angelo State and start that nonstop routine again. So remember, there is truly no place like home and it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Don’t dread the break — embrace it!