Although for many, winter vacation is a thing of the past, there are still some of us who have some time ahead of us filled with… nothing.
While I’ll be interning for the extra two weeks I have between being away on vacation and going back to school, most haven’t made plans for this extra time, not expecting the boredom that has begun to set in. I definitely did not anticipate having so much free time during my own first winter break from college! Here are 5 ways to make the most of your last few days of break:
Sure, to some this may sound like a foreign idea, but after taking a creative writing class last semester, my love of reading was reignited and now I can’t stop! There’s no amount of surfing the web, Facebook stalking or playing Family Feud (and ask anyone, I love my Fast Money) online that can replace having a book in your hands. Whether you have a few days or a few weeks left of break, pick up a book and cozy up in bed or by your fireplace and dive in. I’ve recently fallen in love with short stories, so I recommend The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender or Self-Help by Lorrie Moore.
2) Start a blog
With some time to kill, why not start your very own blog that you can continue throughout the semester? You can write about anything: your daily life, how much you hate your classes, fashion or post your art or photography. Having a blog is not only a fun hobby to have, but it can be a great addition to your resume. WordPress and Blogger are both easy platforms to work and take only minutes to set up.
Call up your local soup kitchen or any other volunteer-based organizations and find out if you can come in for a few days. This is an amazing way to make a difference in your community, and many organizations are always looking for people, which means no far-in-advanced planning required. Or, instead of volunteering, take a day to sort through your closet and donate any clothing that no longer fits you.
4) Start applying for summer internships
Now is the time where companies start posting internship opportunities, looking through resumes and begin scheduling interviews. Take your last few days of break to update your resume, write cover letters, and research internship opportunities that may interest you. While I was an intern at College Fashion, I wrote a series on finding the internship of your dreams, which covers every step of the interning process from prepping your resume, to how to dress for your interview. Starting this process early will help prevent the freak-out of not having a summer job/internship!
5) Go on a weekend trip
Since your break may be reduced to a mere few days, an long vacation in the Bahamas may not be an option. With a few days left, consider going on a small trip with your friends that doesn’t require planes, a huge budget or planning in advance. Skiing or visiting a friend who’s already back at school are both great options that will keep you busy and provide a last dose of fun in your winter break.
Will you be doing any of these things with the rest of your break? Let us know in a comment!