Hello, I'm Celeste - I'm a sophomore in college studying Information Technology with dreams of making it in the tech hub of Seattle. I also value creativity, exploration, and---of course--- fashion, because who said you can't be cute working on computers? I blog about my adventures (and struggles) in college at my blog, Celestralite.

How to Make the Most of Winter Break

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Every college student knows the sweet relief when you are finally done with finals and you can head home to chill for winter break. But while you may find yourself binging on all the Netflix hours you missed, there are plenty of things that you can do to keep yourself productive!

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1. Catch up with family and old friends

Many college students may be living on campus and only have digital communications with your family and friends from back home. The best thing about breaks is that it gives all the weary students a chance to come home and see all the old faces they loved. It’s holiday time too, so get ready for some holiday festivities with the family! While the dining hall may have some good cooking on occasion, it doesn’t really match a home-cooked meal–or spending time with family.

It’s also a perfect time to call up the old high school gang and visit the old places you guys would frequent. Have a nice cup of hot chocolate, gather around a bonfire, and reminisce at all the shenanigans you used to get into. Even if you don’t live on campus, everyone that does will be returning, and it’s good to catch up with them while you can! Ask them how everything’s going, and you may be surprised at how different things can be elsewhere. Share your stories, you’ve probably got plenty.

2. Focus on hobbies

While in college, many hobbies and things that we once really enjoyed have been put aside in exchange for buckets of coursework. I know that personally I haven’t done so much reading or painting, and now that I’m not as busy, I can relish in a few quiet hours lost in a book or creating a new piece of art.

If you don’t have any hobbies, this is a good time to get started on a new one to keep you busy for the break.

3. Go on adventures/get outside

 It may not be insanely cold wherever you are, so I would recommend having an adventure. Whether you stay your college town or go back home, there are always fun to be had. If optional, try to go on a hike or go for a run. I know it’s tempting to be lazy all the time, but it feels really good to go outside and keep your body moving.

4. Learn something you want to do + add to your resume

 Now is also a great time to get some resume-building skills. You never know when you’ll be able to land a perfect internship. If you can, learn skills that are useful to put towards your future career or your major.

For example, some skills that would be useful in future careers and have plenty of courses online are programming and learning a second language such as Spanish or French. A potential employers may look at these skills and be quite impressed at the diversity you have.

Also, volunteering is a great way to flesh out a resume. It’s also great for the environment and the local community. If possible, check out the events happening locally in your area and see if you could lend a helping hand.

5. Prepare for next semester

 I know you don’t want to even think about next semester, but it’ll come before you know it. Make sure that you know where all of your classes are before the first day so you can judge how early you need to leave to get there on time. Also, some of your supplies from the first semester may need to be replaced. Buy some new pins and notebooks, set some new goals, and get ready to get one more semester closer to graduating!

6. Be lazy

I know I may have said over and over again that you shouldn’t be lazy and instead be productive, but there is an advantage to some laziness! It’s a great way to destress yourself after finals and a long semester. Cozy up and watch some netflix, because sometimes that’s all we really need.

Hope you guys have a great winter break!

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Happy Holidays!