17 Things To Do During Winter Break

17 Things To Do During Winter Break

How to enjoy the holidays.
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Exams are over and winter break is here! Time to relax and have some fun, but rather than spending your whole day in bed, even if it does include puppy cuddles, there are so many other great ways to spend your time. If you're looking for fun and useful ways to use your winter break, look no further.

1. Visit Friends

You have a whole month at home and you're bound to want to go out for food at some point, while you're going out, invite some old friends to tag along with you and spend the time catching up with one another.

2. Bake Holiday Desserts

I love to bake and there's no better time than the holidays to do so. There are so many goodies you have time, and the space, to make. You can even package them up and send them to friends and family to enjoy.

3. Volunteer

There's no better way to spend your time than spending it helping those who need it. Look up any places to volunteer in your home town. Especially during Christmas time many places are looking for an extra helping hand.

4. Purge Your Closet

To go along with the volunteering, with all this extra time on your hand, you can spend it cleaning out your closet and donating all your old clothes that you don't wear anymore to those who need it.

5. Gift Shopping

You could spend the time shopping for your loved ones and finding them the perfect gift.

6. Cozy Day In

On those cold or rainy days it can be hard to muster up the energy to get out and doing something. These days are reserved for cuddling up in Christmas pajamas, on the couch, with your hot chocolate and puppy, watching Christmas movies.

7. Ice Skating

At this time of the year, depending on where you live, many cities set up temporary outdoor ice skating rinks. Grab some friends or that special someone and head out one night to enjoy some fun.

8. Christmas Tree Farm Visit

North Carolina is one of the states known for their Christmas trees. If your state is known for Christmas trees, or even if they aren't, it's always fun to walk around a Christmas tree farm or lot and pick out the perfect tree for your home.

9. Pinterest DIYs

Pinterest is basically every girls weakness. During break you could try out all those fun looking DIYs you've always wanted to try. You can also share with your friends whether they worked out or not before they try.

10. Plan a Christmas Party

To catch up with friends and family that you've been separated from for a whole semester, you could plan a small, or large, Christmas party. You could include a gift exchange, cookie exchange, or caroling.

11. Christmas Caroling

As the Code of the Elves states, "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all the hear." Grab a few of your friends and go out Christmas caroling in your neighborhood to help spread some Christmas cheer to others.

12. Remodel

If it's time for a new paint color and decor in your room take this time off to spruce up your bedroom so next time you come home you can come home to a pretty, new room.

13. Clean Up

Home all day with nothing to do? Feeling nice? Clean up your house for your parents. They work all day and now that you're gone they don't have as much help around the house. Spend a day a week cleaning up the house to help them out.

14. Coffee Run

Cold (or not so cold) winter days call for some good coffee. Instead of hiding out in your home, go out to your local coffee shop and enjoy a nice cup there.

15. Work Out

Majority of New Year's resolutions revolve around health. So why not start now, that way when the New Year comes around you're already in the habit and it'll be easier for you to keep your resolution. Spend your mornings working out rather than crashing on the couch.

16. Learn to Cook a Good Meal

One thing you should do before becoming a full fledged adult is learn to cook at least one good meal. During winter break you could learn to cook that one good meal and have your family try it out at dinner when they come home.

17. Enjoy Being Home

We don't realize how much we really miss our own bed, our family, and home cooked food until we've gone so long without it. While there are so many fun activities you can do while you're home for the holidays, remember to enjoy your relaxing time at home surrounded by familiar faces and a comfortable environment.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.

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As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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