7 Things to Do While on Christmas Break

7 Things to Do While on Christmas Break

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Your term paper is finished and your exams will be over before you know it. Soon, you’ll be making the long trek back home for a well-deserved break. If you are lucky, you’ll have four, maybe five weeks to recuperate and then you’ll return to college for the spring semester. Maybe you have been giving some thought as to what you will be doing with yourself. If you lack ideas or inspiration, the following seven “things” are worth considering.

1. Get to work. There is still time to get hired on by a retail outlet this Christmas. Figure that some stores have already lost seasonal help, people who have realized that they cannot balance another job, family life and other responsibilities with a part-time job. You won’t get rich, but at least you’ll get some money. Moreover, if you do a decent job you may be invited to stay on into January.

2. Read a book. Over the past four months you have to research and read what your professors wanted you to do. Now it is your turn to catch up on some reading. Check out the New York Times’ Bestseller list or cull through the classics. Maybe you never read Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” before — do so and see how it compares to the movie versions.

3. Express yourself. You may have a talent for arts and crafts so why not put these ideas to good use? This can be especially important if you have younger siblings and want to make them their Christmas gifts. Check out this Christmas Vacation Activities page for a variety of ideas.

4. Go to the movies. Do you want a great way to catch up on things with your high school friends? Then go to the movies. Lots of hits are released in December, including a few right on Christmas Day. If your cash is limited, then make it a matinee. Some theaters run specials on Tuesdays too — saving you money.

5. Take a trip. Maybe your plans for Christmas break go beyond the time you’ll be spending at home with your family. If you love to ski, you need little encouragement to hit the slopes. You might also make contact with a college friend and visit him or her or host this person for a few nights too.

6. Plan for next year. Before you know it the new year will be upon you. You already have your spring classes lined up, but have you looked beyond that semester yet? Now can be a good time to line up an internship or review your study abroad options. If you want an internship for next summer, ask your contacts for assistance now. You may be able to interview for a position while you are home.

7. Catch 40 winks. Or more. Yes, you are tired. To-the-bone-tired, that is. Likely, your sleep schedule took a hit over the past few months. There is nothing wrong with catching up on some sleep before you return to your routine. Your parents will understand — they were college students at one time too.

Christmas Break

When Christmas break ends you’ll be returning to a familiar routine. Before you do that, consider your academic progress and how that fits in with your career aspirations. You may be due for a change — if so, make an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your options.

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