13 Fun Things To Do Over Winter Break Instead Of Being A Couch Potato

13 Fun Things To Do Over Winter Break Instead Of Being A Couch Potato

Keep powering through finals and soon enough you'll get to relax and have fun over Winter break!

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The time in between Thanksgiving break and Winter break is arguably the busiest and stressful weeks of the year for college students. Everyone has projects, papers, and lots of studying for finals to do. Here are some ideas of things to do and look forward to doing over Winter break!

1. Go to your favorite hometown restaurant 

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Every time I go home, my mom and I make it a priority to go to our favorite cafe. It's a great way to catch up and enjoy a great meal!

2. Explore a close by city

My hometown is relatively close to Washington D.C., so one of my very good friends and I have decided to make a weekend of exploring D.C.. I have a list a mile long of things I want to do and places I want to see!

3. Drive around to see holiday decorations

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Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit, like driving around looking at all the neat holiday decorations and lights. My hometown has a few iconic places that go all out with decorations and lights and I always look forward to seeing them every year!

4. Catch up with old friends

Whether you are still close with all your high school friends or haven't talked to them in a while, reach out to a few and plan a fun outing like bowling or make plans to grab some lunch!

5. Go see the new Grinch movie

The Grinch is a classic Christmas movie and I am so excited to go the new one with a big group of my friends!

6. Do something outdoorsy 

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Go on a hike, walk your dog, or even simply go outside and breathe some fresh air! I love going for a walk with my dogs on a beach near my house when I'm at home, it's so calming and de-stressing!

7. Have a photoshoot with friends 

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Get a group of friends together, dress up, and find some cool places around town to take some great pictures for your Instagram! I promise you'll have a blast!

8. Update your resume/LinkedIn 

Been busy kicking butt this semester? Winter break is a great time to add all your accomplishments from the fall semester to your resume and LinkedIn. It's also a perfect time to apply for some summer internships!

9. Volunteer 

I love being around animals, so I try to volunteer at my local animal shelter when I am at home. The holiday season is a great time to do some good in your community!

10. Read a book

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I having been super busy the last couple of weeks, but you will 100% find me curled up by a fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate, reading Michelle Obama's new book over break!

11. Spend a whole day watching Christmas movies 

Home Alone, Elf, and the Grinch are all amazing Christmas movies to spend a whole day binge watching. Break out some hot cocoa and Christmas cookies and enjoy!

12. Surprise your parents with something nice 

Do something thoughtful for your parents. Buy them a nice present. Help them do something around the house. Everyone's parents do so much, that doing something unexpected will mean so much to them!

13. Spend quality time with your sibling(s)

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You love them and hate them, but you will never regret spending some quality time with your sibling(s). My little brother and I regularly try to hang out even if it's something as simple as running to the grocery store for our parents.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Five Tips to Get on Top of Your 2019: Tech Editions

Yeah, there's an app for that.

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Technology is the course of the future, why not use it to get on top of your new year? Make 2019 the year you stop sleeping on these great productivity apps and get grinding! Best part, all the apps I've included here are free.

Google Calendar.

Look at that beauty.

I LOVE Google Calendar! Not only is it a great tool to map out your week, it comes with cool features. You can color code tasks and events, get text reminders and so much more. You can even sync your calendar with other people's (this is very helpful for roommates or study buddies).

Google Doc File Folders

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Sick of that long list of documents in your Google Docs? You can make file folders to organize all of your docs!

Momentum Chrome Extension

This is by far my favorite productivity app. It's a Chrome extension that acts as a home page whenever you open a new window or tab. It comes complete with the weather, a motivational quote and a to-do list! The best feature is their "main focus for the day". It keeps you grounded for sure- especially when it pops up with every tab and forces you to think about all you need to accomplish.

Wunderlist

This is a to-do list on steroids- definitely worth checking out!

Todist

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