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The 6 Best Ways to Spend Winter Break

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Are you a college student about to go on winter break? Check out this blog post for six suggestions for the best things to do during your vacation, whether you're focused on relaxing, learning, or making some money.

Wait! Don't Hibernate During Winter Break!

It's winter break! You've finally taken your final exams and finished the fall semester, and now you get some time to yourself to do whatever you want. But… what exactly should you do? Here are our suggestions for the six best ways to spend your winter break and refresh and prepare for the spring semester.

1. Catch Up on Sleep

Okay, so you shouldn't hibernate, sleeping your entire winter break away. However, do be sure to catch up on any sleep that you might have missed while cramming for your finals. You can't save up on sleep for the future, but you can make up for lost sleep in the past. Take as many naps as you need; you earned them.

A college student catching up on sleep during winter break

2. Eat Home-Cooked Food

It's easy to neglect your diet and health during college in general, what with all of the available fast (delicious) food options and less-than-stellar kitchen set-ups. But it's especially hard to keep up with feeding yourself healthy meals when you're focused on passing, or even acing, multiple difficult final exams. If you're going home for winter break, eat as much healthy, home-cooked food as you can. You might even use the opportunity to find some affordable recipes that you can bring back to college with you. Just don't forget to say ''thank you'' to whoever is cooking for you!

3. Get a Seasonal Job

College winter breaks tend to be much longer than the ones you had in high school, lasting a month, or even longer. That's more than enough time to earn some extra cash to help you get through your next semester. Thankfully, many stores hire extra help during the busy holiday season, so it probably won't be too difficult to find a retail job at your local mall. This is a great way to use your time productively while also setting yourself up with some pocket money, which, as a college student, you'll definitely need. If you're sure you want to pursue this type of job opportunity, it would benefit you to apply online ahead of your intended start date to give yourself an advantage in the hiring process.

A college student with a seasonal job

4. Spend Time With Friends and Family

College semesters can be extremely busy, leaving you with little time to see your friends and family, especially those who don't live close to your college town. Use your winter break to catch up with your loved ones, update them on what you've been doing, and hear about what's going on in their lives. Get as much quality time in as you can while you have the opportunity. And don't forget to take photos that you can bring back to school with you for those days when you're feeling homesick.

5. Earn Extra College Credit

Another way to be productive during winter break - and to even save a lot of money in the process - is to earn online college credit. There are multiple institutions that can provide you with the opportunity to take online classes for real college credit for much less money than the university tuition equivalent. You can get some of your general education requirements out of the way on your own time and at your own pace and maybe even graduate early.

A college student earning credit online

6. Get Ready for Next Semester

Toward the end of winter break, it's time to start looking forward to next semester. Make sure you're prepared for your next set of courses by buying textbooks, school supplies, and anything you might need for your dorm or apartment, including items you forgot at home when you first moved in. You might even want to get a little bit ahead of your upcoming classes by reading the books or learning the material that you know you'll cover during your next semester.

No matter how you choose to spend your winter break, the best part about it is that the time will be your own to enjoy and productively utilize as you'd like. Following these suggestions should have you feeling good and ready for the future. Good luck!

Looking for a way to earn online college credit? Check out Study.com's College Accelerator.

By Daisy Rogozinsky
October 2018
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