How to Best Utilize Your Fall Break

For those of you that don’t get a week off from school the week of Thanksgiving (hard to believe, but some don’t), keep on working hard. My prayers are with you.

For those of you that get a week off from school the week of Thanksgiving, as a fellow college student, I am so excited for you! I know how relieving it can be to finally be able to take your mind off of school for a short period of time.

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I thought I’d share a few ways that you can best utilize the short amount of free time you receive during Thanksgiving week.

  • Sleep in (or go to sleep early). I’m sure this is an obvious one and is probably already on everyone’s list of items to accomplish this week. Personally, I won’t get a chance to sleep in until Thanksgiving day. Therefore, I will certainly be doing my best to go to sleep early. Since I always have evenings classes, it’ll be a nice change to get home earlier this week and get into my bed (with my sweet kitten) before the clock strikes midnight.
  • Catch up on some shows. Do you ever feel like you are so overwhelmed that you just want to turn your brain off? Thanksgiving break is the perfect time to do so. Modern Family or New Girl are my favorites when I want to destress and get some good laughs.
  • Pamper yourself. Throughout the semester, I’m literally too busy to even take 15 minutes for a face or hair mask. Therefore, I’m looking forward to coming home, getting comfy with my Hulu account, and catching up on my favorite shows.
  • Tour your city. After being locked up with homework assignments, this is a great way to remind yourself how great the outdoors are and what amazing places/activities your city has to offer. On top of that, you can go with a group of friends, catch up, and have a great time without stressing over assignments or exams.
  • Organize your room (or, in more severe cases, your life). Now this one isn’t as relaxing of a task compared to the other ones. However, it is much needed in most cases. Sometimes organizing your room causes your mind to feel more organized too. If you’re stressed out and find that organizing your room isn’t helping you much, it’s time to organize your life. This includes making sure you’re not forgetting any appointments, tasks that need to be completed, applications that need to be finished (this is typically the time for completing transfer applications or health care coverage renewals), bills that need to be paid, grocery lists that need to be updated due to a change in seasons, mail that hasn’t been opened yet, and other tasks. I know this all sounds like a lot of work, but even taking one evening during your week to organize anything and everything can help lift a tremendous weight off your shoulders.
  • Work on homework or study. Yep, I said it. I know this is a week where you are free from classes and can relax more, but it won’t hurt to take some time to do homework or study. It will lessen the pile of homework that needs to be done once your fall break is over.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving/fall break? We’d love to hear what you’ll be up to!

We hope you have a lovely break! Most importantly, don’t forget to be grateful for the week off at your Thanksgiving table!

– Alena Y.