After a stressful week of testing and calculating grades, winter break finally pulled through. Winter break seems like the universe’s gift to a stressed college student– a whole month to relax, catch up on TV, clean out your parent’s fridge, and take a break from the pressure of school. Unfortunately, that isn’t always how break plays out. Many students return home to jobs and the demands for conversation that come with holiday get-togethers. Other students sit at home bored wishing they were back at school. No matter how winter break is spent, maximize it with this list of things to do– whether you are making the most of your month off or making the most of your couch.
Thank Your Professor
One awesome feature provided through the university’s Center for Teaching and Learning is the Thank a Teacher program. The program allows students to send a brief note to their professor thanking them for the impact they’ve had. The notes are screened and delivered to professors after final grades are released. This program is a perfect way to spend an afternoon– not only are you solidifying the professional connection you’ve made, but also paying it forward to the professor who made your semester a little brighter.
Read A Good (Non-academic) Book
Winter break is the perfect time to do all of the reading you didn’t have time to do during the semester. Instead of having to force-read your human anatomy book into the wee hours of the morning, take the time to kick back with a book that you’ve been wanting to read. If you need suggestions, check out Goodread’s list of Books Everyone Should Read, which mixes classics with new books that are sure to keep you busy enough to ignore being home after the initial thrill wears off.
Learn To Cook One Impressive Dish
You have a whole month off of classes (and Easy Mac), but that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in a tiny bit of learning. Take an afternoon to learn to cook one impressive dish– and no, frozen waffles don’t count. Pick a dish that you can whip out whenever you need to prove your adulthood to your parents/roommates/yourself. Next, dedicate some time to perfect your dish. You are a confident and capable young adult. Now go preheat that oven!
Apply For A Job
You have officially passed another holiday season’s worth of nagging from parents and family members regarding your love life, grades, and employment status. You may have segued all of the conversations away from these sensitive subjects, but one reality that can not be escaped forever is the reality that someday college will end and a grown-up job will begin. Let this winter break be the time you need to prepare yourself for the vicious world of employment. Whether you decide to organize your resume, search GoldPASS for jobs, or arrange a job shadow, take some time to think about your bright and wonderful future.
Get Your Tickets to the Hockey City Classic 2014
TCF Bank Stadium gets an icy makeover as the Hockey City Classic comes to the University of Minnesota on January 17th. The Classic features a women’s hockey game against Minnesota State at 4:30 p.m, followed by men’s hockey taking on Ohio State at 8:00 p.m. Get your tickets online and get ready to kick off second semester with a true Minnesota classic– outdoor hockey!
Enjoy Some Downtime
Spring semester is approaching quickly. While break is still here, make sure to take a day to relax. Whether it be by catching up on sleep; spending the day binge-watching Netflix; or anything else that allows you to relax, take time to bask in the glory of having the time to reset before starting up another crazy semester. You deserve it.
Out With The Old
While you’re at home, take a few hours to go through all of your old things. Sort through old clothes and decide what to donate and what to sell. Salvation Army and Goodwill arejust a few of many locations that are always accepting clothes donations.
Dig out those old textbooks from first semester freshman year and resell them for some extra cash. Try sites like Amazon and Bookscouter to help you find the best buyback prices. Getting rid of the clutter has duel benefits: it gives you extra space and spending money, and Mom is happy that you’ve finally done what she’s been asking you to do for years.
Check Out the U’s HUGE Event Calendar
Take a look at the University’s event calendar for all of the happenings on the Twin Cities campus. Find one or two events to put on your calendar. Never been to a band, orchestra, or choir concert? Find them on the events calendar. Want to hear professors speak about their research? Event calendar. Find a few events you’re excited about and add them to your to-do list for spring semester.
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