It’s so close. Can’t you hear it coming? Can’t you smell the home-cooked food and feel the winter spirit? I can, and I still have two exams left to write. So really, you have no excuse. But for as much as I can taste the break coming and long for the days of sitting on the couch and doing absolutely nothing, I do know that I will get bored eventually. So here’s how to survive the fun, the less fun, and the downright boring parts of Winter Break. Get ready!
Having Too Much Fun
…AKA that wicked hangover. Now if you follow my posts, you know that I’m not exactly an expert on hangovers (neither at getting them or recovering from them!) But we all know that the only way to truly get over a hangover is to give it time. Sleep it off, take a day to do absolutely nothing, eat substantial meals, and drink warm beverages. Well, the warm beverages won’t actually help you recover faster, but they sure will make you feel better in the short term! I mean, seriously, after acquiring that serious caffeine addiction during finals, just the smell of coffee alone can make almost anything better.
Oh, the family get-together! (Skip to the next paragraph if you thoroughly enjoy your family get-togethers…) If your family is anything like mine, two or three generations pile into one house – or one restaurant that is already too noisy – and you are forced to sit through the whole thing. All six hours of it. It’s not exactly my idea of a good time. I suggest finding a few people that you can connect with and hold a good conversation with. Otherwise, distract yourself with some sort of time-consuming activity. I usually find some cousins that are around the same age as me and end up watching them play video games for way too long. Slender, anyone?
Now if you love your family get-togethers, I suggest that you spend as much time with your family as you like! The holidays are meant for meeting up with people that you love and spending quality time with them before you head back to Facebook. And by “Facebook,” I mean more like “face-in-book.”
Reliving High School
Minus the classes, of course. I love my high school teachers, so I try to pop by and say hello if I get home before their break starts. Even more so, I reconnect with all of my high school friends over the break. This is one of the few times when I actually use Facebook for its intended purpose (you know, connecting with others instead of creeping their profile pictures and timeline posts…) Almost all of my classmates got new phone numbers when we all went off to our respective universities and colleges, so Facebook is a great way to get everybody together and plan to meet up! I make sure to reconnect with my high school friends when I head home. After all, this is one of the few times when we’re all in the same city, so we should take advantage of it.
Finding a Job
Are you one of those people who are lucky enough to have a four-week winter break? My roommate is. You might want to consider finding a part time job for the time that you’re off school – it’ll give you something to do, and some extra cash (always necessary!) Seasonal positions are quite popular with many retail chains, and the flexible contract is rather attractive. If you’re not looking to work over the break, it might be a good idea to start scoping out summer employment. Starting early never hurt anyone! Last year, I had my internship position confirmed by mid-February. It definitely took a load off of my shoulders.
When all else fails, watch TV. Unfortunately, this doesn’t fly when it’s the eighth hour of consecutive television shows with no end in sight. You’re bound to have some time when you’re just sitting at home with absolutely nothing to do. (This is all of the time that you would be spending doing homework or studying if you were still in school.) Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything you can really do about winter break boredom. It more or less comes with the territory, and it makes the fun times better. If you really want to get out of the house though, it’s as easy as getting off of the couch! Head to the local community center to swim or skate, or try out a new restaurant with a friend who is also trapped in the evil that is excessive television-watching. Just do something. Don’t recognize boredom and dwell in it. Winter break may be long, but that doesn’t mean you should spend it in a constant state of boredom.
After all, home is where the heart is. This goes for pseudo-families that we’ve built ourselves too, for those of us who are staying on campus for the break. Cherish these few weeks where you are free of any studying obligations and enjoy the winter spirit!
How do you plan on surviving winter break? Let us know in the comments!