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Jayne Miller By Jayne Miller • December 22, 2015

Top 5 Things Students Should Do During Holiday Break

 

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With holiday break upon us, you might have seen our list of five things teachers should do over break.

Students, you’re up next.

Here are five things you should aim to do during your time off. We promise that these are completely easy and fun, and you’ll be happy you did ‘em.

Participate

One day you will no longer be in school. Holiday break might be different and you might not necessarily spend that time with the people you spend your holiday with now.

All this to say, aim to participate during your time off. (Willingly) engage in a family tradition. If you’re coming home from college, spend some time catching up before bolting to see high school friends or retiring to your room. First semester might have you wiped, but we promise you’ll be glad you called on your reserve energy to make the most of your time at home.

Sleep

That being said, in the name of all that is jolly please catch up on your sleep.

If you’re one of the exhausted superkids that we’ve written about, we know how crazy the school year can be. And we know how much is asked of you from academics, sports, clubs, and friends. Break is a magical, special time to refresh yourself. Sleep debt is real, kids. Remember this and aim to go back to school totally caught up on your Zs.

Organize

Should you spend your entire break focused on school, agonizing about the exams you just took or what’s in store for you during the second semester? No. That sounds really unhealthy.

But you can spend an hour or two somewhere within your break to get yourself organized and ahead. That sounds quite reasonable.

Consider using a day within your break to get started on your college essay or selecting a few universities you might like to tour. Or begin your internship research for the summer. If you have a big second half of the year ahead of you, we also have plenty of suggestions for managing extracurriculars.

Make time to do one thing that will keep you on top of your school life. You’ll be so grateful for it when you’re back to the grind.

Move

I’m pretty sure I spent the majority of my freshman year winter break sleeping. My first semester of college was a whirlwind and the holiday turned into hibernation.

Catching up on that sleep is crucial (see above recommendation!), but don’t be like me.

A little bit of exercise goes a long way, especially if the demands of coursework has kept you from being as active as you’d like. Break is a chance to break that cycle and make time for movement. This doesn’t need to be an intense new spin class. You can walk your family dog or help out around the house to get the blood flowing. Just don’t spend your days sitting around. (Plus, exercise is good for your brain. Consider it preparation for next semester.)

Get Pumped

It’s always sad to see a winter break come to a close. When I was nine I tried to convince my mom to let me be homeschooled so I didn’t have to go back to school after a really nice holiday. (It didn’t work.) 

But it’s much easier to get back to your normal schedule if you find a way to get excited for the year ahead. Make a point to find an activity, an event, a holiday, or a class that you believe will be a high point of 2016. Let yourself get really excited about it. Because you know what? This year is going to be pretty good.

 

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