When you take the time to step back and slow down, you’ll realize that you’re surrounded by beauty. This is especially true of the changing seasons, and now that winter break is approaching, you’ll have plenty of time to sit back and watch time go by. The hope of sleeping in is wonderful to someone who’s bleary-eyed and fatigued from studying and going to school for months on end, isn’t it? While you deserve a good rest, it’s also a good idea to prepare for the future. Is college on the horizon? Are you getting a full-time job? As your time in high school closes, so does the window of time you have to prepare for a healthy and productive adult life away from home. Don’t worry, though, I’m here to help - here are some of the best ways to spend your last winter break!
Learn more about yourself - Winter break is perfect for this, as it gives you enough free time to spend some of it in solitude and reflection. If you’re planning on going to college, do you know what your major will be? Do you know where your passions lie, and do you know what career you want to enter into? To answer those questions, you need to know yourself well. The great part is, you can learn about yourself while doing some of your favorite things, whether it’s jamming on your guitar, taking a hike through the snow-kissed hills, or going on a road trip with friends. This break might be the most downtime you’ll have for a while, so make the most of it, and use it to know yourself even better.
Practice responsibility - Life as an adult can get a bit stressful, often because you’re being pulled something like four or five different directions each day - and you’d be responsible for keeping everything straight. That’s why it’s so important to be practicing this juggling act now, to make sure that you’re healthy and ready to tackle everything coming your way. You can do that by taking care of some practical things, like doing your own laundry, or making a habit of exercising, before you ever get to college. I’m sure we all want to avoid gaining the “freshman 15”, and setting yourself up for success now is worth losing a couple of lazy hours a day.
Visit a couple campuses - No one likes being surprised with bad news. Can you imagine if you had your heart set on what you think is the perfect college, but then you get there and it’s not at all what you expected? That’s the kind of bad news that would ruin the whole experience. Making campus visits during winter break is the solution to this problem, especially if you have a list you’re trying to narrow down. Sometimes, all it’ll take is seeing the school in different seasons to help you decide if it’s where you truly belong. Different perspectives are incredibly valuable, so make those trips to help you decide on the perfect place for you.
Make time for family and friends - If you’re going away to college next year, then you might not see your loved ones for a while. Family and friends are important, and winter break offers you precious time to spend time with them and celebrate what’s important to each of you before you head off. If you don’t realize the importance of that now, you definitely will once you leave - although, it’s good to remember that you’ll make many friends with whom you’ll create wonderful memories with at school. Once you find your place, college will become the new normal, and you’ll find friends who will become a second family.
Winter break is the perfect time to practice blending rest and productivity together. Trust me, that’ll do wonders for your college or work life. But most of all, don’t forget to have fun on your last winter break!