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Top 10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Holiday Break

Top 10 Ways to Make the Most of Your 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

December 05, 2013

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!

*Note: Technically, this list is in no particular order but, here at Fastweb, we’re just a little partial scholarships and internships. So, you’ll have to forgive us for admitting that this task undoubtedly tops the list in our eyes – even if there’s technically no numerical order to the rankings!

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

Holiday Scholarships
Winning a Scholarship
12 Tips on Winning a Scholarship
What You Need to Know About Winning Scholarships
The 7 C’s of Winning Scholarships
A Balancing Act: School and the Scholarship Search
Scholarship Scam Red Flags
Organizing Your Scholarship Search

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:

Internships for High School Students
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

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 houseguests that stop by.

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

3. Catch up with old friends

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: • Keeping in Touch

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
Five Health Mistakes College Students Make
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
Five Resume Tips for College Students

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.

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 throughout the entire year:

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?

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.

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
Top 10 Places for Students to Give Back
Find a Way to Give Back



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


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