Most college students eagerly look forward to Winter Break. Some colleges may break just
for the holidays; many extend their break to mid-January or even until the end of January.
Winter break provides an opportunity to make a difference in your own life.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
ATTENDING WINTER SESSION
Some schools offer exciting and specialized courses during college break. This may be an opportunity to study with a new professor or try a new subject. You may decide to be part of winter sessions make up for lost credits or to get a few extra credits ahead.
PREPARE FOR UPCOMING CLASSES.
You can begin to read the first chapters of your new course during your college break to get a head start especially those that may seem challenging. With this, you’ll have the needed background on those courses which will get you ready when the class begins proper.
APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
If there is a time to apply for a scholarship, it’s during winter break. Scholarship applications can often be lengthy and may require numerous detail. Winter break is an excellent time to search and complete scholarship applications. You might not need to spend the entire college break applying for scholarships, just devote a few hours to your scholarship applications; and it will make a world of difference in your search. It only takes one to win. You can also scope out the college website for scholarship opportunities.
RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS AND COMPANIES
As a college student, internships and work experience are valuable. These opportunities allow you to see what your pursued industry is like. Use your winter break as a chance to research potential companies you would like to work for and apply for an internship. This will ease your stress once school starts because you’ll be ahead of the game.
LOOK FOR A JOB
Getting a job over winter break as a college student may seem like a waste of time to some. Engaging yourself in a job during your college break can allow you to earn extra money to help with the costs of school. Whether it’s marketing or retail, it’s all about the experience. Like interning, you can use this to craft and sculpt your resume to perfection.
Some courses require that you study abroad during college. Winter break programs are just as beneficial as traditional programs for those who have busy schedules. As a college student, if you maximize the opportunities available to you while abroad on a program, you can gain new perspectives that will enhance both your degree and personal outlook on life.
Your winter break will not be complete without having fun with your family and friends. Yes, being productive is essential but so is living in the moment and having fun. So once in a while, take a break, step outside and have some fun with your loved ones.
If you’ve time off between Christmas and New Year’s, don’t waste it by sitting around the house waiting for something to happen. Engage yourself and stay active! There is a myriad of productive activities that will make you feel good about yourself.
Happy Holidays and may all your winter wishes come true!