■ Metro Service / Contributed
It may seem like only yesterday that the school year began anew, but before students (and their parents) know it, winter break will have arrived. College and university students may have several weeks off between semesters, while some may be off just a week or two. Regardless of how much time you have, these are some ways to make your winter break as productive as possible.
Make time for play. Don’t discount the importance of using your downtime to rest and recharge. Prior to winter break, many students face year or semester end exams. Such students can use their winter break to refuel their brains.
Earn some money. Use your time off to make some money. Students who attend school close to home can speak with their employers about increasing their hours during the winter break.
Find time to study. A phenomenon called “summer slide” refers to when students lose a portion of what they’ve learned during summer vacation. The same phenomenon can occur during winter break, albeit on a smaller scale. To avoid backsliding on lessons over winter break, read a book or do some other things to keep your mind sharp.
Clear clutter. Use your down time to go through your school paperwork and discard those things you won’t need. You also can organize supplies for the upcoming semester.
Update your resume to include any new experience you have. In addition, start to look for internships or summer jobs in your field of study.
Do something artistic or handy. Work on fine arts projects or crafts. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate. Catch up on creative pursuits during the break.
Network and socialize. The adage, “it’s not what you know but who you know” is as applicable as ever. Use winter break as an opportunity to visit with friends, former classmates, alumni groups, and others to continue to build a strong network.
Students can utilize winter breaks to keep their minds sharp and stay productive.