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How To Make The Most of Your Christmas Vacation

December 17, 2010

Your FINALS ARE OVER, you’ve SOLD YOUR TEXTBOOKS, and you’ve said good riddance to those professors which have made your life miserable over the past few months. There are few times in life sweeter than a college student’s Christmas break; and let’s face it, you’ve earned it. This article is here to help you make the most of these next few weeks.

We have all probably experienced the terror of wasting a break from school; finding myself hours away from the start of the new semester and realizing that I accomplished NOTHING over the break is my reoccurring nightmare. The ironic thing, however, is that most of the habits which you are probably sick of (due to school) are the very habits which are necessary to make the most of your break.

Give Yourself a Free Day or Two

More than likely you are currently dreaming about sleeping in until noon and eating ice cream for dinner, and once the semester is over it’s important to give yourself a day or two of nothingness. Fill your day with re-runs, don’t shower, spend four hours on Facebook, do absolutely anything you want.  WARNING: Do not allow yourself to continue in this course for more than a day or two. It can become sickeningly addictive.


Sure, planning is probably one aspect of college life that makes you want to puke, but like it or not, planning really does enable a person to make the most of their day. I’m not saying to plan study time or something lame like that, but rather to plan fun things! Schedule a time to meet up with your high school friends for lunch, a time to go snowboarding, a time to check out Tron, anything that sounds cool. And actually plan a time and date; don’t just say “sometime this break” because if you are not specific then it won’t ever happen.

Wake Up Early

The mere mention of this suggestion probably has several of you slamming your fist on your keyboard, but the early bird really does get the worm. I’m not saying you have to get up at 4:30, but waking up at 7:30 or 8:00 can really allow your break to be more productive.This is especially true if you happen to have obligatory tasks to complete over your break; if your mom insists that you clean your room at home, get it done in the morning so that you have the rest of the day to do whatever you want. Unfortunately, the time that you wake up is related directly to the time you go to bed. 10:30 isn’t necessary, but hitting the sack at 3:30 AM probably won’t do you any favors.

I am beyond ecstatic for the upcoming break from school, but after years of wasting my precious vacation time, I have realized that some of these tips are invaluable. Being able to look back on your Christmas break and realizing that it was absolutely jam-packed with awesomeness is one of the greatest realizations ever, and I hope that each of you can experience that at the end of this upcoming Christmas break with a little help from this article.

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