Make The Most Of Your Winter Break

Make The Most Of Your Winter Break

​Not everyone is as fortunate as UD students with a winter break until February, but everyone can definitely make the most of their time off.

Finally, we can all say that we survived our fall semester and take a break! It's time for holidays and the winter season, and on behalf of college students, we could not be more excited.

One of the best things to do after you binge-watch all of your Netflix shows and meet up with all your friends is start working. I love being able to work over break, whether it's at my internship or at my part time job. It’s a good way to spend time and make some money while your home, while gaining some real world experience.

Another thing is to start making your New Year’s Resolutions. Whether its to make Dean’s List next semester, make more time for yourself, or to rush a sorority, it's a great way to start your year in an organized fashion. Even if resolutions aren’t your thing, try just making a bucket list and seeing what you can accomplish for 2018.

Maybe even consider taking college courses over the winter. I personally am taking two classes online and I feel like it will not only be a great experience but it will give me a chance to prepare for a possible double major or a 4+1 Masters program. It’s a good idea to plan what you’re doing so you don’t overbook yourself.

Go back to Hulu and Netflix for a minute and find something new to watch. You’re going to want down time, so watching the 22 seasons of America’s Next Top Model is a good idea. If you don’t know what to watch consider Stranger Things, Riverdale, Gossip Girl, or any reality cooking show on Hulu. Then after you watch said cooking show, you should probably try out some new recipes!

One of my favorite things to do while I’m home is simply to just drive around my town and see the things I haven’t seen while I was away at school. It’s always pretty cool to see how things have changed and what’s still the same, also you could find things that you never knew were there.

Try saying yes to most things, even if its something you wouldn’t have normally done. If someone you didn’t expect asks you to hangout, go for it! Just have fun and make the most of your time at home because before you know it, it will be time to go back to school.

Go into the city if you live near one, spend time with family as much as possible, and do whatever makes you the happiest. That’s what you should really focus on, yourself. In all honesty, the winter break is the best chance to destress from fall semester and prepare yourself to do even better for the spring semester, so take care of yourself and put yourself first. I know sometimes that’s easier said than done, but make sure you’re happy in whatever you do.

Don’t forget to enjoy the little things and take moments for yourself because we all know how hectic things can be when we’re back home from college. Here’s to hopes of minimal (but pretty) snow, amazing opportunities, fun with family and friends, and whatever your heart desires this winter break.

Oh, and of course stay warm!

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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