Tips for Winter Break

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Photo by Sally Krutzig.

Dear average UD student,

If you’re anything like me (which you probably are), then the thought of spending five glorious weeks over winter break is the only thing getting you through finals. Because, let’s face it, by this point in the semester we are all pretty stressed out and sick of school.

However, while it is beneficial to kick back with some hot chocolate and watch “Elf” for the thousandth time with old friends, it’s important not to waste this time.

Now, if you’re anything like me (which, again, you probably are), you’re internally screaming, “WHY?!”

Well, the truth is that no one feels that great after spending five weeks doing nothing productive, though you may enjoy it at the time. Plus, when you get back to school, it’s really hard to get back in the groove after being a mental couch potato. I know that from experience.

So in the interest of maintaining our collective sanity, here are some ideas to keep you from watching Netflix nonstop for five weeks.

  1. Keep up with whatever language you study at UD. Seriously, you’ll thank yourself once the spring semester starts. Get a favorite book in that language or pick up a newspaper or a TV show. I did this over the summer and I actually learned a lot. It keeps your brain going, even if you’ve already finished your mandatory four semesters’ worth.
  2. Take an interterm class. This is a really great way to get ahead on your classes and keep your brain going. Plus, if you took 15 credit hours in the fall, you don’t have to pay for tuition. Which means that if you’re local, it’s free, because you don’t have to pay for housing.
  3. Learn a new skill or pick up an old one. Remember that old instrument from high school band that has been sitting in your closet for a couple years now? Now’s a good time to pick that thing up again so you don’t forget the skills you learned, especially if you don’t have the resources to work on it at school
  4. Clean out your closet. Yes, we all dread doing this. But it has to happen sometime, right? And absolutely no one wants to be doing this in the middle of the semester.
  5. Look for internship opportunities for the summer.  Seriously, if you didn’t do it over the semester, now’s the time to apply before the deadlines close. Although quite a few of them would have closed by this time, it’s definitely worth looking for opportunities.
  6. Try something new with some old friends. Whether you’re local or live in Alaska, we all know that you’re going to be spending very limited time with your old friends from high school during the semester. Now is the time to reconnect and keep the worthwhile friendships alive! And trying something new is always fun too, especially with people you’ve known well and for a long time.

All that being said, now is a good time to recharge. If you’re anything like me (which you probably are if you’ve stuck around through this whole article), you’ve worked super hard throughout the fall semester and plan to do your best during the spring and could really use some couch potato time. Well, at least a little bit.

Keep Aristotle’s moderate man in mind. No one should be too productive or too lazy during break, a nice median is always nice.

Anyways, I hope you have a fantastic end of the semester. Good luck on those finals!

Sincerely,

An Average UD Student

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