All About That Productivity: Making the Most of Your Break

17 Dec

During the months from August to December, every minute of my life is consumed by homework, exams, clubs, and work. Once school is in winter recess, I have no idea what to do with the extra time. Sure, in the first few days of break, I’m Netflixing, sleeping, and browsing through social media all day, everyday. But after a while, it gets old and I’m ready to be productive again.


If you’ve reached that point in the break, like I already have, try doing things that were put off to the side during the semester and get them done before your hectic spring schedule begins. Here are some ideas:


1. Complete your FAFSA.



It’s been a while since you’ve heard the word “FAFSA”, right? Well, FAFSA applications open on January 1st for the 2015-2016 school year. Get ahead of the game and get it out of the way before school starts again. Who doesn’t love getting money for your education?! Click here to start your application.

2. Shadow a professional in your field.


Whether you want to be a teacher, a doctor, or a zoologist, find someone in your hometown who has your dream job and shadow them for a day! You’ll learn a ton about day-to-day life in your field and be able to ask any questions you might have about that career.

3. Check out your booklist on UAccess.


Some of your spring semester courses should already have a book list ready. All of the supplies that you need can be found under ‘Booklist’ (on the left side of the page) on UAccess. The sooner you start, the more likely you are to snag some deals on your textbooks. (Tip: Compare prices between the UA Bookstore and other website, like Chegg or Half.

4. Search for internships and volunteer opportunities in Tucson.


We know that getting an internship is a great way to build a résumé and gain experience, but finding the time to actually sit down and search for them is difficult when we’re in a hectic semester. Without classes, use your extra time to search for opportunities by asking your academic advisor, professors, or good ole fashioned Google.

5. Catch up on chores.


It might not be the most exciting thing to do over your break, but deep cleaning and organizing your living space will help you clear your head after a long semester. You can either dedicate one day to cleaning or do it little by little.

6. Create a New Budget.


Take time to reflect on your spending during the past semester. Either look at your bank statements or use websites and apps like Mint to see how much of your money went to food, rent, clothing, etc. Then, create a new budget for your next semester, because every nickel counts.

7. Exercise.


If you’re like me, you’ve often used your hectic schedule as an excuse to get out of going to the gym. Without classes, you surely have at least an extra hour or two to spare, so try using it to exercise. You’ll feel more energized and, if you go often enough, you’ll be in the habit by the time spring semester rolls around.

Winter break is almost an entire month long, so you have time to binge on TV for a while and then be productive. Best of all, completing some of the items on this list will be sure to make a less stressful Spring semester. Have a happy, restful, productive break!


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