Why Having A Long Winter Break Isn't As Good As You Think

I Thought Having A Six-Week Winter Break Would Be Great, Until I Actually Had To Live Through It

Turns out, I'm just really bored.

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Just implemented this year, the school decided to start doing J-Term. That is when for three weeks, students at school can earn three credit hours to go towards the actual spring semester. This caused our usual three-week winter break to turn into a six-week winter break. This also took away our fall break, which I along with numerous students felt that was a terrible decision because the time we would normally have fall break we were all exhausted.

By the time winter break came around and finals were finally over, I was very exhausted and in need of a break. The first three weeks of the break were relaxing. The only thing was that I didn't always have the car because with my brother now a licensed driver and my high school does not have bussing he needs a car to get to and from school.

But now that the holidays are over, and my school still has at least three more weeks of the break before the spring semester begins, I don't know what to do. I have been doing errands for my family as well as talk with my friends from school but of course, with my limited use of the car I can't really visit anyone from school unless it is the weekend or something. But even with that, a majority of my friends live all around Ohio and some even in places out of state. So yes, timing and gas can be a little costly.

The first week after the New Year was rung in, I really felt bored. I didn't know what to do. I know that there was one day where I tried to see if I was lactose intolerant as my stomach was being a bitch and I wanted to test something out. Then there was a day where I wanted to try and cook spaghetti and that was a success as I did not burn my house down. I spent quite a few times FaceTiming some friends late at night, but of course, it is nothing like being with friends in person.

It almost feels as if I were to be in this house for longer, that I would go crazy, maybe to a point of insanity.

I just want to go back and see my friends. I just want to go back to the town that is shaping the person that I am. The school that is helping me gain what I will need for my future career. I want to be with my sorority sisters and do amazing things with them. I want to have a Wednesday where I go to Eppler North and learn a combo with University Dance Alliance. I want to do some movie nights with my roommates. But, for the next couple of weeks until the end of the month, I am still at my house. Don't get me wrong, I love being at home and being with my family that I barely got to see during the fall semester.

But I want to go back.

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Sleeping in your own bed.

No matter how comfy your bed at school is, nothing beats climbing into your bed in your room at home.


Forgetting about school for a while.

Winter break in college isn't like winter break has been in the past. When you were in high school, teachers could assign projects and papers and reading for you to do, some people even had finals after break that they had to study for. In college, you just finished a whole semester and you're coming up to a semester of classes that haven't started, so that leaves you with vey little to do.

Hanging out with your old friends.

After having been away from each other for a few months, hanging out with your old friends from home can either be super great and easy, or really weird. Hopefully its the former, and you can just hang out like old times and catch up, but people change in college and there's always a chance that one of you is different than they used to be and that can make things awkward.

Missing your friends from school.

Even though you met them just a few short months ago, you've spent so much time with them and it's hard to transition from having your best friends down the hall to not even being within an hour's drive to them.

Living with parents.

In the past couple of months, you've gone from a kid to a young adult. Yes, there have been times when you've missed your parents and family more than anything in the world, but after being a fully independent almost-adult for the past few months, it's hard to turn around and lose that freedom that you had.

Home-cooked meals.

The upside to living with parents again is the food. As convenient as eating can be in college, with just a short walk to a hot and ready meal, nothing beats your parents' home cooking.

Seeing people from high school.

When you go home for break you have those people you want to run into and hang out with, and you have those people that you really would just rather not run into while you're at the grocery store with your mom looking a mess. Winter break is a huge stretch of time and your bound to run into people from high school, whether or not you want to.

Having nothing to do.

Sure, you can pick up some shifts at work and you'll spend plenty of time hanging with old friends, but some people some people have six whole weeks for break. You know there isn't always that much to do in your home town, and you can only work so much. This can be a much needed break from this semester that undoubtedly tire you out, but it can also drive you absolutely crazy after getting used to a super busy schedule in college.

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Snow, the true definition of love and hate.

If you grew up in the midwest, you know the feeling you got as a kid the night before a snowstorm. When you would stay up a little later in hopes that school will be canceled even before you go to bed. You know the feeling of waking up to a 2-hr delay and getting some extra sleep. Though nothing beat waking up to a closed school. You knew that meant more sleep and a day of sledding, and you were so there for it.

The love you wish to feel now. That your job will call and you just might not have to go in. The feeling of staying home and catching up on things there. Almost comforting that you'll get to sleep in a bit, in the middle of the week! Wow, what a feeling of joy that is. What love you have for the snow that you hope will be coming.

The heart-warming feeling you get as you watch the weather forecast and peep out the window to see snow gracefully falling down to save the day.

You go to bed, ready to receive that phone call the following morning, saying you get to stay home.

Then you wake up.

That's when the hate sets in. No phone calls. Not your school listed on the news as closed. You peek outside and see a thin layer of snow, filling you with disappointment. You know now, that you've been let down once again.

That promising day you thought you would have and then BOOM. You have to get ready for the day. Have to get ready to face the snow. You walk out and the bitter cold that would have brought you happiness at some point, slaps you in the face.

You don't know who to blame for this hurt you feel. The weatherman, that you literally don't know how they still have their job? Your school that decided it was worth the risk? Yourself, for thinking it could actually happen?

That moment where it felt like you were the only school that didn't get closed, just like when you were a kid, the disappointment sets in… no betrayal hurts more than that.

You know now that your butt is the one that will have to walk, what feels like 5 miles, to a class that you don't understand how you even got stuck taking it. All because you hoped that wishing for snow would save the day.

The realization sets in that what you once thought was full of joy and activities, is no longer that for an adult.

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