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December 16, 2016

How to Get the Most Out of School Breaks

You’d think students would have it down to a science, especially the more seasoned students who have endured many a Fall, Thanksgiving, or Easter break. The truth is that they are just as clueless about how to fit all of those important activities, events, get-togethers, and trips to grandma’s house in one seemingly tiny break. Maybe the problem lies in the small amount of days we are allotted away from school. Other students blame their extensive list of people they have to visit. The question lies in how to balance all of that so you can fit in everything you want to do.

To start off, you might want to get used to the idea that you won’t be able to fit in absolutely everything. I suggest sitting down the first night you’re home (or even before you leave campus, if you have time) and making a written plan of all the things you want to accomplish. Maybe for you that means getting some big papers or homework assignments out of the way for when you get back to school. Or maybe you’re concerned about going shopping for hometown snacks and groceries to take back to school.

Think about how long each thing will take you. Perhaps your haircut will only take a half-hour, but dinner with your friends will take two hours. Then try to fit them into a schedule for each day you’re home. This might seem tedious at first, but you’ll thank yourself later when you’ve utilized your time well. Remember, you don’t have to strictly stick to this schedule; use it as a guide to help you remember all the things you want to accomplish. Prioritization is key in this situation. Make sure you have the time to take care of the most important things. There’s nothing worse than getting all the small things done, but not having enough time to get to the big, really important things.

Sometimes getting the most out of a school break means not doing anything at all. Don’t feel guilty if your body is screaming for rest and you give in to its demands by sleeping late a couple of days. It’s not good to be constantly rushing around from activity to activity either; you’ll make yourself sick and even more exhausted than when break started. Take some time to just sit around with your family. If that means watching a movie all together, eating dinner, or just talking; do it! Being busy and away from school makes downtime with your family even sweeter; enjoy every second of it.

Perhaps one of the best things you can do is make time to refresh your spiritual life. God keeps you busy during school but provides breaks so you can reconnect with Him if you’ve drifted, and we need to stay connected to the Giver of Life, “I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (Berean Study Bible).

Sometimes we can’t do everything we want to do and that’s okay. School causes us to become task oriented, but breaks are a time to regain that balance through rest and no real obligations.  Schedule some things, take time for yourself, be flexible and you will get the most out of your break.

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-Jocelyn Englehart ‘18