At Union, we all know the advantages and disadvantages of being on a trimester system. We may be stressed out with our 10-week terms and fast pace classes, but it’s all worth it to have this six-week break during the holiday season to come home and relax. However, sometimes this long break can also be a pain as no one else is on break right now and we go from doing all of the things, to doing nothing. Well, here is a list of some simple things you can do to pass the time until you finally have school to stress about again.
Perhaps you don't want to spend your break working a 9-5 job. Personally, I really have no interest in working a retail job during this season. So if you don’t necessarily need to pick up extra cash, places are always looking for volunteers. Consider volunteering for your local soup kitchen and spend your spare time helping those in need.
2. Make a list of smaller tasks to accomplish over break
If you make a list of ways to occupy your time, you won’t feel like you wasted your break. For example, I plan to use the time away from school to get ahead on paperwork for next term.
3. Get your craft on
There is ample time right now to do all the DIY projects. It’s a fun way to spend your time and you can even make thoughtful presents for your family and friends.
4. Clean your room/ Fix things up around the house
I have not cleaned my room since I moved to college and this item is always on my, “to be done over break" list. Maybe this time around I’ll actually do something about it.
5. Go on nature walks
At school, there never seems to be enough time to go out into nature and take in the fresh air. If you can stand the biting cold, consider taking a walk around your local woods.
6. Read a book
After you take your nature walk, curl up with a cup of warm tea and a good book. Now you have the time to fully read that book you skimmed while cramming for your English class.
7. Find a new show to binge watch
Maybe reading isn’t your thing. That’s ok, now you can binge watch your favorite shows without the guilt of procrastinating on schoolwork.
8. Check things off the bucket list
Have something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t gotten around to doing it yet? You have six weeks, what’s stopping you?
9. Spend time with your family
This is probably the most underrated item on the list. Take advantage of the time at home. Sure, family can drive us all a little crazy from time to time, but you won’t always necessarily be so accessible to them as you are right now.
10. Get into a new routine to take back with you to school
During the chaos of finals, we typically fall out of our healthy habits. Take advantage of the break and get into a good routine now that you can easily integrate into your schedule when you return to campus in the winter.