6 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Winter Break

6 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Winter Break

Try to squeeze in time for these activities--you'll be glad you did!
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Winter break has finally arrived.

A whole month free from the stress of schoolwork. No deadlines, and best of all, no waking up at 7 AM. It can feel so wonderful to sleep the day away, and after a long and exhausting semester, it's sometimes exactly what you need. But do keep in mind that lazing around all day every day is unhealthy, and there are lots of things you can do in your free time to ensure that, once the new semester starts and your adult life kicks back into gear, it'll be your best, most successful year yet! Over this next month, catch up on lost sleep, veg out and watch plenty of Netflix, but try to squeeze in time for these activities as well--you'll be glad you did!

1. Clear out clutter

Get rid of all those papers you no longer need, clothes you no longer wear and electronics you no longer use to make room for the new in 2017! Set aside a day (or a little time each day) to sift through your space and find clutter you can clear out. You may come across items you've been holding onto for years! This is the first step to getting a clean, fresh start to the new year (literally!).

2. Apply for spring internships

Work is probably the last thing you want to think about right now, but the truth is, now is the time to jump at those internship opportunities for the upcoming semester. It'll definitely feel worth it when you've got something awesome to put on your resume.

3. Make some extra cash

First and foremost, of course, you can sell back your used textbooks. But if you're feeling serious financial pain after the holiday shopping, consider selling a service to make a little extra money over break. (Computer troubleshooting, web design, car repair, hauling, tutoring, home maintenance or repair, snow shoveling, etc) There are also survey websites that will reward you with points you can redeem for cash, and apps you can download that will pay you just for doing what you normally do on your phone. Running these apps allows companies collect user data for research.

4. Plan a road trip to visit a faraway friend

It can be really fun and interesting getting to know your college friends' lives outside of school, and it will feel great to catch up in person!

5. Get in shape

There are tons of quick at-home workouts you can do to shed the few extra pounds you put on over the holidays!

6. Spend quality time with your family

As much as you get on each other's nerves when you're home, they'll miss you once you go back to school.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.

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Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!

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