Tips on Staying Busy Over Break– Vanessa Burshnic

You just ran a 4 month marathon, filled with class work and innumerable extracurricular activities, rarely taking breaks. You have reached the finish line, stats are in, and now you have 4 weeks to do, well, pretty much whatever you want. You are excited to have some time off, but still you wonder, what am I going to do with a whole 4 weeks?

If you are like me, coming home at the end of the semester kind of feels like this. Changes of pace, are good for our mental and physical well being, but can sometimes make us feel lost for what to do with the extra time we have. It is best to take winter break for exactly what it is—slow down the pace a little, but still stay active enough so that you are ready to hit the ground running once spring semester comes. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

Spend time with the people you love.

You are home sweet home! Enjoy time with family and catch up with old friends. The holiday season is a great time for showing the people in our lives how much they truly mean to us and sometimes time spent is worth much more than any gift.

Get up to date on the latest TV shows and movies.

If you are looking for something to do with friends and family, there is no need to drive anywhere, especially when the weather gets bad. Snuggle up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate, grab your favorite blanket, and turn on the Netflix.

Be physically active.

Relaxation is good, but don’t let the cold weather keep you from physical activity! Many gyms offer special memberships for college students that are home for a short period of time, or if you are feeling adventurous, hit the slopes for some snowboarding and skiing!

Be intellectually active.

Now is a great time to pick up that book you have always wanted to read, but were too mentally drained during the semester to do so. Just because there are no classes to keep up with, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take advantage of this time to learn something new. In fact, when break does end, you will be even more prepared to jump back into school mode.

Get a job.

You are a broke college student, we know. What better way to use winter break than for making some pocket change to head back to school with. Many retail locations are looking to hire during this busy season or you could always call your summer employer to see if he or she can offer you any hours.


Serve at the local soup kitchen or do some snow shoveling for the elderly neighbor down the street. Winter break or not, it is always a good time to give back to the community. During the holiday season we appreciate all that we have to be thankful for. Show your gratitude by spending time volunteering to help those who need to feel holiday cheer the most.

Celebrate the New Year!

The fall semester is behind us and it is time to focus on the year we have ahead. No matter what hang ups have challenged you, leave all doubt behind. The worst mistakes made are only those we do not learn from. This is a new year, a fresh start, full of endless opportunities and with the right attitude you have the ability to make the most of each and every one.


Have a blessed and fulfilling winter break, JMU!

Purple & gold love from your VP,


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