7 Ideas to Conquer Your Winter Break

December 22, 2015

 

So you’ve made it through your first finals week, and now it’s time to head home for a few weeks. Exciting, we know! But it also might be a bit daunting because many schools have quite a long winter break - it could even be 4-5 weeks long, which is something that you probably didn’t experience in high school. While most students are going to be excited for this time off, most students can still use some tips on how to best spend this time off.

  1. Enjoy the holidays with your family. This is a hectic time of year for everyone, especially college students. But once finals are done and you’re back at home, try to unplug for a little bit and enjoy your childhood favorites with your family. Whether that means helping your mom prepare a big meal, going shopping for gifts with your siblings, or just visiting your grandparents, trust us, they (and you) will appreciate it.

  2. Reconnect with childhood friends. Since this is only your first year away, it is likely that many of your high school friends will still be returning to the same town as you, so take a advantage of this. It won’t be like this every year; as the years go on people move away, choose to stay at college, travel, or get their own apartments in other cities. So reconnect while you have the chance.

  3. Make some money. If you have an especially long winter break, this could be a great opportunity to make some extra dough that will help you out once you go back to school. And, since this is the holiday season, many stores and shops are looking for extra hands looking for temporary jobs.

  4. Plan for the next year. After you have caught up with family and friends, this time off can be a great opportunity to be constructive. You have a semester of college under your belt, so you may have a better idea of what you want to major in or if you want to study abroad. Use this time to get organized: read ahead to make it easier on yourself to readjust to schoolwork when you’re experiencing post-vacation blues or start researching which part of the world you may want to spend a semester.

  5. Travel. Visit your best friend in New York or your cousin in Maine. After you graduate, these nice, long breaks will be few and far between. Go somewhere while you have the time and opportunity!

  6. Catch up on Netflix. Crush a full season (or two… or three) of that show you’ve been meaning to watch. We all deserve this once in awhile.

  7. Enjoy the comforts of home. Hopefully you will have more time than you had at Thanksgiving, so really enjoy the little things like mom’s cooking or your own room before you have to go back to campus.



Browse Successful Application Files

katiedolci
NYU ‘19


Accepted to NYU, BU, Ohio State

Chicago-->Cincinnati-->New York City. Dancer. Rower. Volunteer. Future Teacher.
ssp2020
MIT ‘20


Accepted to MIT, UMich, Rutgers, Cornell, Rice, JHU

computer science / design / music / film
beccapenn38
UPenn ‘21


Accepted to UPenn, Tulane, Elon , UNC

Student in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business dual enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School.
BrownDomer
Notre Dame ‘20


Accepted to BU, Emory, Swarthmore, Notre Dame

Hello! I'm an international student from Ethiopia and I'll be majoring in Biology. I'd love to share all the tips and tricks I've learned from my rather unique college application experience with you!

New Posts

Dartmouth College 2018-2019 Supplemental Essay Prompts
Dartmouth College 2018-2019 Supplemental Essay Prompts
September 17, 2018

Drafted your personal statement and ready to get started on your supplemental essays? Here are the supplemental essay prompts for Dartmouth College.Dartmouth College requires two additional pieces of writing on top of the Common...

What You Need to Know about Athletic Scholarships
What You Need to Know about Athletic Scholarships
September 14, 2018

For many families, the only way to afford a college education is for their student to receive some financial aid. An athletic scholarship is one way that can help lower the price. Here’s what...

Still Figuring Out What School to Apply To?
Still Figuring Out What School to Apply To?
September 12, 2018

The school year is already in full swing. What if you’re a senior who hasn’t yet decided on a final college list? Don’t panic. Let’s get started. If you’re a...

Freshman Year: My First Weeks at Cornell University
Freshman Year: My First Weeks at Cornell University
September 03, 2018

As many of your are settling into your first weeks at college, we thought we’d ask our College Admits how their first weeks at college were. Here’s a reflection from JerBear, a Cornell...

Load More Posts