Commentary: How to get the most out of your winter break

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By Haley Doss, Opinion Editor —

Think of that long list of things that you really need to do right now and can’t because you have a paper, an exam, a meeting or work. Now imagine the three whole weeks that will relieve you after this semester is over.

Winter Break, at least for me, is a redemption period. It allows me to wind down, watch that Netflix show I have been dying to binge and nap everyday. It also gives me the chance to get stuff done that I traditionally cannot fit in my everyday schedule but need to happen in order to have a happy, healthy and successful life.

For one, I try to get my life in order. This means phone calls I have been putting off, doctors appointments (because who can avoid the Dentist for this long?) and scheduling for my next semester.

For the graduates out there who are saying goodbye this semester, use this time to apply for jobs, if you have not already started. For those graduating in May, like me, these three weeks allow you to spice up your resume and make a list of potential employers.

If you are going home for the break, visiting with old friends is always great way to spend extra time. Get coffee with that friend you genuinely like who keeps saying “we need to hangout”.

While it is not for everyone, one way you can reconnect with yourself, your goals and the important things is through meditation. No meditation looks the same or works the same so do what works for you. Sit alone in your room with nothing but music and think, go to a coffee shop, sit alone and sip on a coffee with nothing to entertain you but your thoughts and people watching or do it the old school way and pull out the yoga mat and block out all thought.

Regardless of how you choose to spend your free time this winter break, I hope you enjoy it and can look back in January and say it was not wasted. If you find yourself drained with no will power, just think of all the time you did not have before and channel that same drive. Happy Holidays!



Haley Doss

Haley Doss

Opinion Editor

I am a senior studying communications with a minor in political science. I love learning new things, talking about politics and long walks around Target.

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