by Valeria Tirado
Happy holidays! May your break be filled with good will, joy, holiday cheer and, most importantly, productivity in regards to school work! Wait, what?
That’s right! Just because you’re getting drunk off egg nog and holiday spirit, doesn’t mean you can’t use winter break to be at least a little productive.
Winter is a great time to prep a little for the upcoming semester. Not everyone is lucky enough to know what they need to study for classes they haven’t taken yet, but if you do then winter is the time to take advantage of that knowledge, when there’s zero pressure at all.
You should also check to see if your professors have a list of what you need for class (ie. textbooks, calculators, etc.) and try to go buy them if you do. Do everything that needs to be done to ensure you are ready on the first day of the next semester.
Another way I always see people take advantage of their break is by taking an extra class. I thought we were supposed to be on break? Well you are, but a lot of people decide to take classes during winter because 1) they are really short and 2) that means one less class in a future semester.
This is actually what I would be doing if I could afford it because, yes, it is quite expensive, especially when you realize financial aid usually doesn’t cover it. If you have the option, though, I strongly recommend you look into what classes your school may be offering this winter!
Getting a job is always a productive thing to do for college students because it provides us with something we all love: money! It also teaches us a sense of responsibility and gives us work experience (but we only care about the money right?).
That money can be really useful during the semester, from buying textbooks to ordering late night junk food after a tense study sesh. If you can find someone to hire you for just a month then you should definitely consider their offer. Make sure it isn’t too stressful of a job if you’re trying that extra class too.
There is one more way to be productive during winter break, and it is the most important of all: relax. Have a little fun and enjoy the time off, catch up on things you couldn’t enjoy during the school year and catch up with friends and family who you haven’t seen lately.
The purpose of the break is to decompress for the upcoming New Year so take advantage of it while it lasts. Live a little, because you’re only young once after all.
Valeria Tirado is a junior at Rutgers University – New Brunswick with a major in Environmental and Business Economics and an Anthropology minor. She plans to get a Master’s from Rutgers in Food and Business Economics and attend NYU Stern for Economics after graduation. Valeria is the captain of her intramural volleyball team and can be found on Twitter at @valeriat94.