After final exams are over, it’s time for winter break fun!

Winter readingOnce final exams have come to an end you’re more than ready for the winter break. Like many students, you’ll be spending more time with your family, but you’ll want to find other activities to keep boredom at bay. Reading, shopping and outdoor sports are all on the agenda. Here are a few more ideas to get you started on enjoying your winter break.

Take time for a good read

You’ve had your nose in a textbook for the past few months. Now it’s time to read for pure enjoyment. Whether its paper, hardback or on your tablet, winter break is the perfect time to curl up and enjoy new adventures and old “friends” in the pages of a good book. If you need some ideas on what to read, check out Goodreads.com. Create an account and tell them what books you’ve like in the past and you’ll get a list of suggestions. You’ll also be able to read comments and suggestions from other members.

Travel

Because winter break can last as long as a month in some cases, it can be the perfect time to see some of the world. The University of Wisconsin Credit Union offers several Winter Travel Ideas & Tips for students. They suggest that you start by checking on trips sponsored by your school or student organizations. These groups are often able to take advantage of group discounts.

Pad your resume

While winter break is for fun and relaxation, it can be a great time to earn some money and add to your resume. Needless to say, the holiday season means that retailers and restaurants will need more staff. If you’re lucky, you can even find a way to combine your favorite activities with your work. For example, if you love being out on the ski slopes, why not get a job at a ski resort? There are all kinds of positions from waiter to cook to ski instructor.

Catch up

You’ve put a lot of things on hold while pursuing your degree. Before your break starts, make a list of those things that you’ve put off and then prioritize. What do you want to catch up on? Your list might include:

  • Alone time — Spending time alone with yourself to enjoy music or a favorite hobby is a great way to recharge your creative batteries
  • Fitness time — Sure, you’ve been running from one class to the next, but your workout routine has probably fallen by the wayside. Take some time to get in some real exercise with long walks or some time at the gym.
  • Communicate with friends time — The folks at ZenCollegeLife.com listed several ideas in their post titled, “Work Hard, Play Hard: Things to do during the Winter Break.” Their list included the suggestion, “Handwritten letters are such a wonderful gift. With email being so easy and free, a handwritten letter really shows how much you care.”

Change the world

Before you head home for winter break, make sure that you’ve explored all of the winter break programs that exist at your school. You might be surprised at the scope and variety of offerings. From travel to volunteer work to study projects, these opportunities just might change your life — and change the world.

For example, during the 2011-2012 winter break, students at Simmons College in Boston, Mass. got together and explored solutions to empower women living in poverty. Their experiences were described in a post for 300 The Fenway by Kellie Ryan titled, “Simmons World Challenge: Students spend winter break solving world problems.”

According to Ryan, “The two weeks began with workshops and brainstorming sessions. Each team presented their ideas to other teams and faculty advisors, advice was given, and they set out to shape their ideas into actionable plans. After weeks in the library, researching, writing, building, and editing, the teams presented their final solutions.”

These are just a few ideas on what you can do during your winter break. Of course, sleeping and eating like there’s no tomorrow are definitely on the agenda. But once the novelty wears off, here’s hoping that you make this winter break one that will give you good memories to last a lifetime.

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