10 Things To Do When 'Break Disillusionment' Hits

10 Things To Do When 'Break Disillusionment' Hits

If you find yourself wishing for school to start again, this list is for you.

We think it will never happen to us, but inevitably it does: we struggle through an impossibly stressful semester with the hope of a break on the horizon, and when we finally settle into our respite from the demands of school, we find ourselves lazy, tired, or bored.

So, rather than sleeping in until noon for the fourth day in a row, here are ten things that will help keep Break Disillusionment at bay.

1. Shop for sales

Especially in late December and early January, all kinds of stores are offering super-low prices as they try to move their holiday-themed or outdated stock and make room for new inventory. Use your free time to search for deals on all the must-haves that you didn't get for Christmas, or the new gear that you want to take back to school to help you survive your spring semester.

2. Cook a new dish

Some of us college students are culinary prodigies, while others can barely make a cup of instant macaroni in the microwave. No matter what your skill level, use this time to practice and improve your cooking skills. It helps that our parents' kitchens are generally stocked with more supplies than our sparse college setups.

3. Reconnect with high school friends

Maybe you and your high school friends are still besties, or maybe you haven't heard from them since the summer. Regardless, now that you are all home on break without many obligations, odds are that they are just waiting for someone to reach out and get the gang back together.

4. Purge your closet

Or your desk, or your bookshelf, or your sock drawer, or anything else, for that matter. College has a way of causing us to accumulate so many unnecessary duplicates of things we already have, or even think that we might need in the future. Be brutal, be realistic, and whatever it is that you're holding onto, remind yourself that you probably won't miss it, your life will be simpler without it, and you can always get a new one if needed.

5. Help your parents

No matter how mundane, normal housework feels like such a welcome break from the lofty academic tasks that we're used to as students. The folks will always appreciate any help you can provide while you're home, and it's a nice gesture considering how much they do to help us out (because what freshman would do laundry in dorms when they could just bring a full hamper home every month or so? Thanks, mom).

6. Spark your creativity

Perhaps you were a musician in high school and just haven't had a chance to pick up your instrument during the semester. Or maybe you are an artist that doesn't make time to paint. You might just be an average, stressed-out college student looking for a creative outlet. Now is a perfect time to experiment with new forms of art and expression.

7. Spend time with siblings

As annoying as they can be sometimes, we hardly get to see our siblings during the semester. So whether you take them out for an adventure, help them with their homework, spend some time playing a game with them, or just catch up and talk about what's new with them, you'll be glad you enjoyed their company once you get back to school. And if you don't have siblings, maybe your pets could use some extra love!

8. Explore your hometown

Sure, you've lived here for years, and you may have convinced yourself that there's nothing fun to do. Even if you think you've seen all there is to see of your hometown, you never know when you might discover your new favorite park bench, or a hidden gem of a restaurant, or even just a cool building facade. Take a walk and try to look at your town from a new perspective.

9. Read a book for fun

This is something that most college students have forgotten about entirely by the time the semester has ended. We are so used to skimming our textbooks and annotating our articles that we forget the pleasure to be found by losing yourself in a novel or devouring a magazine article.

10. Get outside

Even though the New Year has dawned bitterly cold, there is always beauty to be found outdoors. Go for a hike, pick up a football, or just take a nature walk through the nearest woods or park you can find. We have to enjoy the cool, winter weather while we can because just when we think that break will last forever, it abruptly ends as we enter a brand-new semester.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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Being Thankful When You Don't Think You Have Anything To Be Thankful For

Sometimes it's hard to see what we really have.


Thanksgiving is the season where everyone gathers together with family and friends to celebrate what they have.

However, sometimes we don't always feel like being thankful. Every day we are faced with an ever-changing world filled with violence, illness, trauma, and unhappiness.

It's hard sometimes to remember what we have to be thankful about when we constantly face things we aren't thankful for.

It's important to stay positive and remember what you do have to be thankful for. Instead of thinking about all the bad in the world, think about the good.

Stop worrying about rising tensions between countries, death, and other things out of your immediate control.

Be thankful for what you do have. Be thankful that you and your family are healthy. You have a home. You had a warm meal today. You have the opportunity to get an education. You saw your friends today. You had enough money to cover your grocery bill.

If you have to, start by thinking small. Be happy about the little things in life. Someone held the door for you or they complimented your outfit. Maybe you saw a really cute dog and that made your day.

This Thanksgiving and entire holiday season, remember what you do have and be thankful.

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