On campus early in the year, conversations are often overheard about various student winter break activities. Unfortunately, these conversations tend to be relatively short and uneventful, with students trading stories of idleness and standard holiday events.
This year, it’s time to take on a challenge. Over your winter break, resolve to not just sit inactive and apathetic. If you choose to hang out at home, try something new and productive with your time. Or, get out of the house and be adventurous! Try one (or more!) of these things over the break.
For Staying at Home:
Always Be Learning
LinkedIn offers an online program run through the professional social platform known as LinkedIn Learning. It offers over 1,000 business courses to users, with the first month free. These courses operate under a powerful educational label: always be learning. In the courses, you can learn the most important skills from industry experts, and develop your knowledge base per your profession.
If more classes are the last thing on your mind this winter, consider spending time with a familiar classic paperback, or a new pick from the best seller’s list. Whether you invest in science fiction or science textbooks, find a worn binding and some pages to bury your nose in this winter. Keep your imagination and mind well-oiled and moving — it’ll ease your transition into next quarter’s classes and challenge you to think outside of your daily routine.
Unwind with Holiday Favorites
It’s a Wonderful Life? White Christmas? Everyone has their own set of favorite holiday movies, and their own traditions to adhere to, but unwinding with your version of the classics is a great way to spend time with family, or recover from that holiday dinner-turned-feast.
If old school movies are not your proverbial cup o’ tea, you could use the time to catch up on that Netflix original you’ve been dying to watch or the latest videos from a YouTube channel you subscribe to.
Invest In Your Future
On the other side of the coin, the less leisurely route calls for attention to progress in your budding career or continued education. Taking the time to apply for scholarships and internships around this time can yield some surprising (and positive) results.
Another option is to plan out your schedule for next semester, or perhaps revamp your resume. These sorts of tasks may seem tedious to knock out over winter break, but doing them in your spare time will ensure that they don’t get pushed to the back burner when your schedule starts to fill up during the school year.
For Getting Active:
Many people think of winter break a time to go home, to stay in and avoid the everyday disorder of school and work. There is merit to that sort of decision, but it doesn’t usually lend itself to exploration or new experiences. For a foray into adventurous territory, you should give travel a try. People often talk about destination vacations during the summer months, and they tend to forget about the possibilities during the winter.
From staying in log cabins in the woods to forays into New Year’s hotspots, the opportunities for fun and variety are endless. Whether by road trip or flight, consider the alternative options you have for injecting adventure into your break.
Not only is volunteering a great way to contribute to the giving holiday spirit in the winter months, but it also has a dual function as an excellent experience and resume-builder. By offering your services at a hospital, homeless shelter, library, or youth center, you provide much-needed assistance to those less fortunate.
These are a few of the countless ways to get just a little more out of your winter break this year. Whether you plan to get out and active or stay in and cozy up next to the fire, we hope you have a wonderful winter break!