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and early January, all kinds of stores are offering super-low prices as they try to move their holiday-themed or outdated stock and make room for new inventory.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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High School Summer Vs. College Summer

Summer isn't all fun and games anymore.

Summer: the most wonderful time of the year. School’s out, obligations are at an all-time low, and life is simple. The only problem - I’m not in high school anymore. This naïve cupcake phase of life is now over, thanks to you, college. Now, free time is a foreign concept to myself along with my peers; summer's not all fun and games as it was in previous years.

School’s out? Ha, you THOUGHT.

What time is it? Summer (school) time! When the final bell rang on the last day of high school, we all jumped for joy and anticipated summer’s freedom filled with the luxurious free time that displaces class time. When you finished your last final in college, you might as well buy class materials for your nearly approaching summer semester. Unlike the good old high school days, summer marks the start for even more time to incorporate school: particularly, summer school. Here lie students who are retaking failed courses and/or those who are behind on classes and need to get ahead. School’s out, scream and shout? You got it all wrong, High School Musical.

Time to intern!

Not only is summer “break” a good time to take some extra classes, but it’s also a perfect time to intern. That’s right, no sleeping in ‘til noon! Don’t forget to set those alarms because college students have to be up and running to gain work experience for their future careers. College students sometimes even endure these long days without any pay, but you gotta do what you gotta do to lock in a post-college job at that ideal company. High school students: props to you if you intern over the summer, I just see it more often among college kids.

Work, work, work.

I had a summer job in high school, but I didn’t work nearly as much as I do now as a college student. Summer is the optimal time to stack up on dollar bills in your savings account. You need money for those ridiculously pricey textbooks (opened quite less often than you’d think), groceries, housing, spending money, and other miscellaneous college expenses. Yeah, you can always work doing the school year, but juggling that along with classes, extracurricular activities, and an eventful social life can be pretty exhausting. Also, it can deter you from getting decent grades (which is why you're in college in the first place).

Vacation? More like no-cation.

Ah, do I miss those summers where I’d be at the beach for weeks on end. With summer classes, a job, and an internship, vacation is just time I no longer have. You can’t just request time off from class, internships, and work! Other (and more important) matters demand your time and effort. If you're lucky, a quick, cheap weekend getaway is you're best bet.

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You're Not Crazy, Your Seasonal Allergies ARE Worse Than They Normally Are

Between all of these symptoms, I've felt miserable the last week.


We've all been waiting for summer to come, and it's finally on its way. I started putting away my jackets and heavy clothes, and I'm so excited to take out my dresses and bathing suits. Classes are ending for students and we can start the beach trips on these warm, sunny days. What could possibly be wrong with summer coming?

If you have seasonal allergies, specifically to pollen and tree-related allergens, you may be in for a real problem.

In certain states, especially in the northern and eastern US areas, the pollen count is at drastically high levels. So much so that people with only minimal seasonal allergies are having intense reactions, and people who didn't even know they had allergies are having their first reactions.

I've only ever had an itchy nose when seasons change, and only when standing in the middle of lots of plants that would aggravate it. I never suspected my allergies would be making me so sick right now until my physician told me what's going on with this season's allergens.

Since the pollen levels are so dramatic in New York right now, I've had sinus congestion so bad it turned into sinusitis, and a sore throat so swollen and painful I swore it had to be strep. The sinusitis was giving me fevers, aches, and chills, making me feel like I had the flu — all of this traced back to allergies. Between all of these symptoms, I've felt miserable the last week.

Once I started asking around about what my doctor said, several people have told me they're having the same problem with their allergies now. If you're suspicious you may have allergies, get tested and ask your doctor's opinion. It's best to be well-informed on your medical issues so that you'll be prepared if a bad allergy season comes along (like this summer).

If you want to know what the pollen count looks like in your area, go to Pollen.com and allow access to your location — it'll show you a map of the states and their current pollen levels, as well as a specific analysis of the town you live.

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