Excited for winter break but not sure what to do besides eating food and watching Netflix? I got you, girl! In this post, I will share my best tips on things to do in winter break as a college student!
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Before we get started I wanted to remind you of my winter bucket list!! It has everything on it you could possibly think of and is great to check off.
1. Make a List
This one seems basic but it’s one of the most important things to do in winter break to get an idea of what you want to do.
Whether you have a planner, a cute to do list printable, or just a piece of paper, making a PHYSICAL list is one of the top tips.
Why I capitalized physical? Because writing something with your hand triggers your brain much more than typing on a computer. You can plan things online too, but writing them down helps you to keep them in mind even better.
Want a cute to-do list? Check out my weekly planner printables!
2. Make a Bucket List
While this tip is similar to the first one, it’s different because it related to your entire winter break!
Making a bucket list with fun things you want to do keeps you on track with your goals and is fun to put together!
Don’t know what to put on your bucket list? Check out my winter bucket list here!
3. Start a Bullet Journal for 2021
I love planners and winter break is the perfect time for me to get my next one and start filling it out!
If you don’t like regular planners, I can recommend a bullet journal! I have been bullet journaling for almost 2 years now (damn I didn’t even realize!) and I love it!
In this post, I share the best bullet journal spreads for students, including exam planners, habit trackers, budgeting spreads, as well as block scheduling.
I usually set them up during my winter break so they are ready when the semester starts! My favorites are definitely planning my weekly schedule, writing out goals, and my fitness tracker!
4. Spend time with your old friends
Something else you can do during winter break is to spend time with your friends!
I know many of you have their side hustles and blogs that they can work on during break (I am proud of you!!!), but it’s also important to spend time with your friends and family during the holiday season!
5. Start a Side Hustle
If you want to make some extra money during break, you can start a side hustle or do freelance work through different websites or just start your own side hustle!
I have several blog posts dedicated to making money as a student, so here are a few:
- 15 Creative Ways to Make Money as a Student
- Websites that Pay $20/hr to Students
- 10 Ways to Make Money in 2020
- 15 Ideas to Make Money From Home
For example, during breaks, I do some work for my parents’ company and work on my blog and YouTube channel! (You can check that out here if you like)
6. Learn a new Skill
If you have time in break, why not learn a new skill?
You could start a new language, improve one you started learning in high school, or learn a hard skill such as excel or graphic design!
Skills are great to list on your resume as well as a more productive way to spend your time than just being on your phone.
Skillshare is a great platform to try for new courses and classes! With this link, you can get 14 days for free instead of the regular 7. You’re welcome!:)
7. Do an Internship
Internships are also part of great things to do in winter break, especially if you don’t have much else to do.
Whether that’s in person or virtually, it’s good to have a reference on your resume, get some experience, and stay busy during the break.
Winter break might not be that long, but even in 2 weeks you can experience some cool things and hopefully have a good contact for a later and longer internship in the future.
Have an interview for an internship soon? Check out this post with helpful tips for online interviews of any kind!
8. Set Goals for the Next Year
Setting goals for a year is important and also fun! You should take advantage of your extra time and think about things you want to do next year.
That can be travel, college related, finance, relationships, and more!
9. Do winter activities
I love winter activities!!
Here are a few ideas you can do if they are open for you:
- Ice Skating
- Playing in the Snow
- Visit a Christmas Market
- Go Christmas Shopping
- Have a Karaoke Night with Christmas Songs
- Pick a Tree
- Decorate the Tree
Related: The Ultimate Winter Bucket List for Students
10. Watch Christmas Movies
YES PLEASE! Who else loves some good old cliche movies??
Get some hot chocolate, popcorn, Christmas cookies (that you baked!) and get cozy with some blankets and the fire on.
Not only perfect for cold days but also as a date, with friends, your family, or even alone!
Bonus: Get ready for next semester!
Another thing you can do during winter break is to prepare for the next semester!
You can write down your schedule, due dates, and professor information into your bullet journal or academic planner to be prepared.
Related: How to Prepare for College during Covid
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I hope the tips helped you out! Let me know where you are from in the comments and which tip is your favorite!
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