7 Ways To Relax This Winter Break

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Your exams are over and you’re home for the holidays. Welcome to the start of your annual winter break, a three- or five-week respite from studying, test taking, and consuming bad food!

college studentIf you’re lucky, you’ll be treated like royalty until you head back to school, but until then what else are you planning to do?

Winter break can mean work for some or even taking winter session classes for others. For everyone else, finding things to do can help you keep your sanity as well as having a good time. Let’s take a look at some ways you can make the most out of your long winter break:

1. Sleep In – What?! You need to be encouraged to get some rest? Actually, yes. Between celebrating Christmas and welcoming in the New Year, heading out with friends, visiting family, and doing everything else, you may find that sleep is one commodity you lack. You don’t want to head back to school for the spring semester tired. Worse, you don’t want to be so run down at the peak of flu season. Make sure you get sufficient rest.

2. Volunteer – Take some time to give back while you’re on break. Your church, a neighbor, family member or friend, might be able to use your help. Consider visiting a shut in, shoveling a neighbor’s walk, contribute some time to a food pantry, or watch your younger siblings in order to give your parents a much needed break.

3. Go Skiing – The 2010 Winter Olympics will be held in Vancouver in February, so what better time to get ready then for you to fine tune your own downhill prowess? You’ll pay through the nose if you buy your tickets at the window, but you’ll save a mint if you purchase a seasonal or monthly pass. Even if you use it only for several days, it could end up being cheaper for your overall. Look for student discounts, seasonal and midweek specials, and other discounts too.

4. Apply For Scholarships – Yes, use some of your time to concentrate on your academic pursuits, but from a purely financial standpoint. Academic scholarships are offered year ’round but January is a good month to see what is available for the falling fall. Apply now when distractions are few and when time is on your side.

5. Couch Surfing – Why not spend some of your break traveling? You don’t have to have a lot of cash especially if you’re willing to sleep on someone’s couch in order to explore new cities and enjoy nearby hot spots. Visit couchsurfing.org to find places to stay for free!

6. Family Time – Your family may see you only when you’re eating or sleeping, so don’t neglect important time with your parents, siblings, and extended family. You’ll see plenty of people right around Christmas, but your best opportunities to catch up with people will be during quieter moments with fewer people present.

7. Go Shopping – After Christmas bargains and sales make the weeks following Christmas some of the best time of the year to buy stuff. Mostly everything has been marked down which means you can find stuff to restock your dorm on the cheap. Besides, now is the time for you to use up all of those gift cards you received for Christmas! Have a nice break, enjoy the holidays, and may 2010 bring to you every success!

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