While you’re on break over the holidays, it’s easy to get into a lazy mode. While naps are important, there’s only so much sleeping you can do.
We've compiled a handy list of helpful suggestions of things you could, should and will likely want to do over your holiday break.
The bottom line: Make the most of every moment – you’ll be happy you did once you’re back into the swing of second semester!
If there was ever a time to apply, it’s now! You don’t have to spend the entire break applying for scholarships.
Consider devoting a few hours each week to scholarship applications. Or, set yourself several scholarships you’d like to apply for before the end of break and work toward that goal.
Here are some great resources to help get you started in your scholarship search:
• Holiday Scholarships & Internships that Glisten
• Scholarships for The Class of 2021
• Scholarships for The Class of 2022
• Scholarships for College Students
• College Scholarships You Should Apply for in 2021
The same goes for your internship applications. It’s important to keep focused on your remote internship search throughout the year!
- Apply for Scholarships and Remote Internships
Be sure you update your Fastweb profile regularly. Now is the perfect time. Include your accomplishments, refresh your GPA and more.
You can also use this time to organize your scholarship search by modifying what scholarships you’re interested in and those you’ve applied for.
There are four easy ways to make Fastweb work for you —including a profile update.
- Update Your Profile
Pretty much everyone you went to high school or had college classes with will be on a break for the holidays. Even if you cannot meet face-to-face, you can still catch up via Zoom or Facebook Messenger.
- Virtually Connect with Friends
Stay healthy and combat the holiday bulge by keeping up with a regular exercise regimen. You’ll look – and, more importantly, feel – better.
Healthline offers some great workouts you can do at home!
Get a jump start on planning next semester while you have time. You’ll be ready to go over your 2021 plan with your high school counselor or college advisor.
Additionally, you should start creating a game plan for next semester now, before you get too busy to do so later.
- Plan next semester’s schedule
Whether it’s a job, remote internship or college application resume, cover letter or essays, updated documents are always good to always have on hand. Use your break to work on all your important documents, adding any extra information you have had since you last updated them.
Opportunity knocks the moment you’re least expecting it so it’s always best to be prepared at a moment’s notice.
If you need any extra tips or reference materials, here are some helpful resources.
• Diversify Your Resume and Make Yourself a Better Candidate
• Internship Cover Letter Sample
- Revamp your resume, cover letter and/or essays
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? From fiction to non-fiction, The Oprah Magazine lists the best books of 2020.
- Catch up on your reading
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?
Try a family game night! These Five Classic Games to Play with Family & Friends is sure to bring you lots of laughter.
Or try a fun Holiday Quiz to see who knows more about the season.
If you’re not up for competitive family time, try out one of these 90s inspired crafts!
- Spend quality time with family
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 of!
Many movie theatres are offering safer seating due to the Coronavirus. Some United States theatres are showcasing films in a drive-in format; so, you can safely watch a film in your own car while still enjoying the blockbuster feel.
If you miss being at school, why not watch one of these 20 Must-See College Movies?!
- See a movie
The holidays are a great time to volunteer. Don’t let COVID-19 stop you—there are virtual volunteer options out there. Also consider adapting how you’d like to volunteer to stay safe. You could deliver dog or cat food to your local animal shelter or decorate the windows at a nursing home!
You can use your volunteer work and experiences to apply for scholarships too. Check out this list of Volunteer Scholarships & Internships
What else do you like to do over your holiday break?