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How to Spend Your College Winter Break

December 16, 2013

You’ve spent the last couple of months buried in textbooks, cramming for exams, and trying to make the most of out of your precious free time. Now that Christmas is almost here, you get two to four great weeks of college winter break. Unfortunately, the holidays can be quite expensive; however, college students don’t need to let this get them down. Instead, take comfort in knowing there are several things you can do this winter break that are both fun and cheap. Whether it be time with your family, friends or both, let’s dive in and take a look at activities that everyone will enjoy.

1) Volunteer

There truly is no better time during the year to volunteer than right around Christmas. Thankfully, there are endless charities you can volunteer through, including those that run soup kitchens and those that help provide needy children with Christmas presents. To get yourself in the holiday spirit, and to keep your money in your pocket, consider volunteering at a local charity event of your choosing.

2) Visit Friends

Hanging out with your friends doesn’t have to be overly expensive. Consider having a sleepover like old times at your parent’s house. Pop some popcorn and watch movies. If you and your pals feel the need to go out on the town, consider going ice skating, or at least take part in an activity that won’t empty your wallet.

3) Dive Deep Into a New Book

You’ve spent the last semester flipping through pages of your not-so-favorite textbooks, so reading a book may not seem that appealing. Keep in mind, however, diving into a new book (preferably not one school-related) is a great way to cuddle up next to a fire and spend a few days of your winter break.

4) Road Trip

If this winter break has blessed you with a few extra dollars in your pocket, consider getting some of your friends and family together and going on a road trip. It could be to some place new or to an old hometown of yours. The destination doesn’t really matter. The most important thing is that you will be spending quality time with the people you care about.

5) Rest

Ah, resting. This is exactly what you need to do during your college winter break. College students tend to overwork their selves during the school year, so come winter break, it’s a perfect time to slow down and unwind. More importantly, it’s a time to recoup some energy for the next semester. Whether your quiet time includes sleeping in until noon or simply sitting by the fire for a few hours each day, it is important to let your mind and body get the rest they need.

Bonus Idea

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