Make the Most of Your Winter Break

Exams are over and winter break is finally here! You’ve worked hard all semester, now it’s time to relax and have some fun, but rather than spending your whole day in bed and feeling unproductive, there are so many other great ways to spend your time. Here’s a few suggestions on how to make the most of your winter break. 

Get a seasonal job. Everyone loves a little extra money. Why not spend your break working a seasonal job to stack up some extra cash? There are plenty of employers looking to hire people during the holiday season such as retail stores, food service or childcare. Companies typically have online applications, so that will save you a trip to their physical locations.

Volunteer. Thanks to the holidays, you’ll already be in the giving spirit – and with school out, there’s no better way to spend your time than spending it helping those in need. Remember, giving actually feels much better than receiving! Look up places to volunteer in your hometown. This is the perfect time to volunteer because many places are looking for extra helping hands during the holidays.

Apply to colleges. Use this free time to submit college applications or submit inquiry forms. Start by making a list of pros and cons for the schools you’re considering and looking at their application requirements. Then, you’ll want to set deadlines for completing essays, collecting recommendations and filling out forms a few weeks prior to the deadline. Georgia State’s priority application deadline for freshmen entering this fall is March 1, 2018.  So, go ahead and apply now!

Take a trip. Winter break is the ideal time to go visit a few places that you didn’t have time visit during the fall. If you’re able to drive and have access to a vehicle, a road trip can be a wonderful bonding experience between you and your friends or family. Pack a bag, load up the car, and hit the road together to explore someplace new and exciting. With all of this free time, you have the option to make it a week, weekend, or even a day trip depending on your budget. If you can’t take a trip, visit that museum or amusement park you’ve been wanting to go to.

Register for the SAT or ACT. Many colleges require either the SAT or ACT before granting you admission to their schools. An impressive score on one of these tests could also make you a more impressive candidate for scholarships, especially those based on merit and academic achievements.

High school juniors, it’s never too early to start taking the SAT or ACT. In fact, the sooner the better. Don’t wait until the last minute during your senior year to start taking these tests, you may miss priority application or scholarship deadlines.

Visit Georgia State’s downtown Atlanta campus and Perimeter College websites to see testing requirements.

Go to the gym. Most New Year’s resolutions include making a promise to live a healthier lifestyle. Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution by visiting the gym a few times a week. You’ll be able to get in the habit of living a healthier lifestyle before the New Year begins.

Prep for spring classes. A good way to get ahead for the spring is to get organized. Clean out your backpack, recycle old documents that you no longer need, buy new school supplies, organize your binders, print your syllabi and buy a new planner. One less thing to worry about the Sunday before classes start.

Apply for scholarships.  Most scholarship deadlines are in February and March. Use your winter break to get ahead on any scholarship essays or applications a few months prior to the deadlines. See the list of scholarships offered at Georgia State.

You could also use this time to start applying for summer internships or at least start preparing yourself by looking for companies that offer summer internship opportunities.

Read a book…or two. You’ve been reading textbooks and assigned readings all semester, so why not read something that you’ll enjoy? This is the perfect time sit down and read that book you’ve been putting off all year. You may even have enough time to read more than one!

Get some rest.  Your winter break will probably involve a lot of running around to spend time with family and catch up with friends. Regardless of how you spend your winter break, it’s important to get caught up on your sleep so that you’ll feel refreshed and recharged for the new semester. Use some of this time to sleep in, catch up on your favorite shows, or have a spa day. You want to feel and perform your best when you get back to class in January, so make it a priority to give your brain and body some rest.

 

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