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10 Things You Should Do Over Holiday Break

10 Things You Should Do Over Holiday Break

While there is some value in getting shuteye, there’s only so much rest necessary and, to be fair, you do have other, much more important things to do.

Elizabeth Hoyt

November 19, 2014

While you’re on break over the holidays, it’s easy to get into a lazy mode where you sit around doing nothing with your days, letting them mesh into one long continual nap fest.

While there is some value in getting shuteye, there’s only so much rest necessary and, to be fair, you do have other, more important things to do.

Like what, you ask? Don’t worry! We’ve compiled a handy list of helpful suggestions of things you could, should and will likely want to do over your holiday break.

So, make the most of every moment – you’ll be happy you did once you’re back into the swing of second semester!

1. Apply for scholarships and internships

If there was ever a time to apply, it’s now! You don’t have to spend the entire break applying for scholarships, but even if you devote a few hours to your scholarship applications; it will make a world of difference in your search. After all, it only takes one to win!

Here are some great resources to help get you started in your scholarship search:

Holiday Scholarships & Internships
Tips from a Scholarship Winner
Let’s Talk Scholarships: Application Tips
Enhance Your Scholarship Winning Skills
The 7 C’s of Winning Scholarships
A Balancing Act: School and the Scholarship Search
Scholarship Scam Red Flags
Organizing Your Scholarship Search
Fastweb’s Scholarship Directory

The same goes for your internship applications. It’s important to keep focused on your internship search throughout the year and never give up!

Here are some helpful resources to help in your internship search:

How to Get a High School Internship
Land a Great Internship
The Perfect Internship
Let’s Get Legal: Guidelines for Paid or Unpaid Internships
Interning During the School Year
Six Internship Job Search Tips
Internship Interview Tips

Don’t forget, you can always arrange an informational interview or job shadow to learn about new career prospects (and network), too!

2. Bake

What better to get you in the holiday spirit than baking a pie? Your home will be filled with a delicious aroma and you’ll have a great gift to take to a holiday party or share with any house guests that stop by.

Check out Homemade for the Holidays for more great ideas for homemade holiday gifts.

3. Catch up with old friends (and stay in touch with new ones)

Pretty much everyone you went to high school with will be off school for the holidays. You can use this time to catch up, relive old times and get the gang together to reminisce about the good ol’ days.

Utilize tips within this article when trying to stay connected with old friends. Or, for more ideas, try: • Keeping in Touch
Productive Holiday Break Ideas
Ideas for Your Best Winter Break Yet
Keeping Busy Over Break

4. Exercise

Stay healthy and combat the holiday bulge by keeping up with a regular exercise regimen. You’ll look – and, more importantly, feel – better.

Here are some resources to keep you motivated, healthy and on the right track:

Helpful Student Health Tips
Working Out Your Workout Plan
Staying Healthy on Campus
Here’s to Your Health

5. Plan next semester’s schedule

It’s time to get a jump start on planning next semester while you have time and there’s no time like the present!

Additionally, you should start creating a game plan for next semester now, before you get too busy to do so later.

6. Revamp your resume, cover letter and/or essays

Whether it’s a job, internship or college application resume, cover letter or essays, updated documents are always good to keep on hand at all times – after all, you never know when you might need them!

Opportunity knocks the moment you’re least expecting it so it’s always best to be prepared at a moment’s notice.

As a result, take the extra time during your break to work on all your important documents, adding any extra information you have had since you last updated them.

If you need any extra tips or reference materials, here are some helpful resources.

Resume Tips:

Diversify Your Resume
Writing a Resume Fresh Out of College
Tips for Writing a Great Resume
Writing Your First Resume
Five Resume Tips for College Students
10 Professional Email Tips
Improve Your Resume Before Getting the Job

Example Resumes:

Recent College Graduate Resume Sample
Receptionist Resume
School Teacher Sample Resume
Financial Analyst Sample Resume
Resumes for Techies

Cover Letters:

Cover Letters to Get You Hired
Top Ten Cover Letter Tips
Recent College Graduate Cover Letter Sample
How NOT to Write a Cover Letter
Ten Cover Letter Don’ts
Internship Cover Letter Sample

For College Applications:

College Application Resume Sample
College Application Resumes 101

7. Catch up on your reading

What we’re suggesting here is the kind of reading you actually enjoy – not your required reading for school. Seriously – when was the last time you read a book that you didn’t have to? Pick up a book because it looks interesting, cozy up and get lost in it. Enjoy – you’ll be happy you did!

Need a book suggestion? We’d recommend starting at the top and reading through all of the completely amazing, life-altering books on this list. Try this list if you’re looking for books that multi-task as standardized test-prep.

8. Spend quality time with family

You love them and they love you. No matter how much you hate to admit it, you miss them terribly. Why wait until the holidays to catch up with family?

Here are some tips to stay connected and deal when the going gets rough:

Keeping in Touch with the Family – You’ll Miss the Home-Cooked Meals
What to Keep in Mind While You’re Keeping in Touch
What Do I Need to Stay in Touch?
Holidays and Headaches

9. See a movie

Some of the best films of the year are released during the holiday season and, since you have a lot of free time on your hands, it’s a great opportunity to take advantage!

Ask a friend, family member or longtime crush to join and, perhaps, splurge on sharing that jumbo popcorn.

If you miss being at school, why not watch one of these 20 Must-See College Movies?

10. Volunteer

The holidays are a great time to volunteer. There are so many options out there, with something suited to everyone.

Check out the many resources available to find what you’d enjoy most:

Student Volunteer Opportunities You’ll Love
Top 10 Places for Students to Give Back
Volunteer Scholarships

What else do you like to spend time doing over your holiday break?

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