4 tips to make the most of winter break

It’s the holiday season. As a college student this is one of the best (or maybe worst) times of the year. While your mind may be ready to go home or travel somewhere warm, finals are in full swing and you are spending your mornings, afternoons and nights in the library studying away.

But all that studying is going to pay off with your final grade, and will allow you to feel accomplished and ready to celebrate the holidays by going home to visit close friends and family.

While the Netflix binges, shopping, and holiday cheer and even heading out for a night (or two) on the town with friends and family sound appealing and rewarding for your hard work, you can take advantage of all this time to do something productive and rewarding for yourself and your future.

Here’s your challenge. Instead of watching three Netflix shows in a row, watch one and then spend an hour or two on one of the following options:

  1. Refresh your resume, cover letter and business cards. Set aside 30 minutes to an hour each day and start refreshing your resume with updated experience, involvement or skill sets. This is a great time to rethink your template — do you need to spice up the look and feel? Try one of the many free, creative resume templates from Canva.com, and find something that fits your style, personality and even future profession.
  2. Start applying for spring/summer internships. Your time over break is perfect for searching the job boards or companies you are interested in to apply for internships within your desired industry.
  3. Connect with local professionals while you’re home. Do your research on companies you are interested in and reach out to a professional within to grab coffee or do a job shadow while you’re home. It’s a great way to learn more about the field and get connected!
  4. Set your goals and intentions for 2019. It may sound cliché to set your goals for 2019, but it’s a great way to gather your ideas, thoughts and aspirations for 2019. The more time you set aside for this task, the more you can get specific—meaning setting your objectives and strategies for achieving each goal you set for yourself. Even if it’s one goal, it’s better than nothing!

The holidays come and go with a blink of the eye. Enjoy the time you have with family and friends, but don’t forget to set aside time for yourself, too. The four tips above are great for getting off on the right foot in 2019 and setting your future up for success!

By taking advantage of these tips, you can head back to campus feeling accomplished, refreshed and prepared to take on the last semester of the year.

Join the conversation! If you are a college student and heading home for your long holiday break, comment below what you have planned during your time off.  

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