So how can you make the best of this time? Here are some great ideas.
Yep, you definitely need to relax and recharge after a long semester full of work. It’s a great time to sleep in, stay in your pajamas for a couple of days, and binge watch the TV shows you may have missed while you were studying. Don’t feel guilty about it, either — you deserve a break!
Once you’ve done some relaxing, take the time to visit some local cultural institutions that are relevant to your major. It’s a great way to do some low-key learning while you’re on break and you can even go with family members to get some family time in as well.
Taking the time to volunteer for a local charity offers you the chance to give back and do good. It’s also a great way to network and get to know the community better. Check with local homeless shelters and food banks, you’ll find they need more hands on deck this time of year.
Apply for Jobs and Internships
This is a great time to start looking at what you will be doing after graduation or for summer internships. Start doing the research and fine tuning your cover letter and resume. You’ll have a better chance of getting the job or internship of your dreams if you apply early.
Search for Scholarships
Your winter break is also a great time to start searching for scholarships big and small that you can apply to for next year. In fact, this is a good time to get all of your financial aid paperwork started for 2016-2017.
Begin Learning a New Language
Between the latest language apps and programs available, it’s a great time to spend a couple hours a day working on being fluent in another language — particularly if you plan to a do a semester abroad. If you’ve already taken some college language courses, even better — you can keep your skills fresh!
Read a Book for Fun
It might seem like the last thing you want to do is read on break after ploughing through texts for college, but it’s a great way to relax while you’re on break. Pick up a great murder mystery or the latest vampire romance and enjoy!
Review the Last Semester
While you might not yet have your grades for the semester yet, you probably have some idea of how you’ve done. Take the time to sit down and reflect on your study habits and see what you can improve for the spring semester.
Speaking of reviewing the semester, how did you do with managing your finances this year? Winter break is a time to sit down and look at how you did, where you can save in the spring semester, and how you can do better.
Get a Seasonal Job
If you didn’t like the results of your financial review, well, you’ll likely find plenty of retail places are looking for temporary seasonal help during your break. A great way to get some work experience and fill up your bank account!
As you can see, there’s plenty that you can do on your down time that will help you during the school year. Why not make the best of it?