The holidays are done, the weather is colder, and you’re out of class for the next few weeks. It’s easy to fall into the binge pit, playing “Cyberpunk 2077” until your fingers hurt and following it up with an all-night marathon to catch up on a season’s worth of “Mandalorian.”
… And that can be just what your over-anxious, exhausted brain needs for a few days, but don’t let that post-semester hangover turn into your entire break.
Here are 5 ideas to get you motivated to make the most of your free-ish time; even if you just choose one, you’ll be happier and more prepared for Spring semester:
1 – Clean out your space.
Clutter multiplies quickly, and the best way to combat it for your own mental health is a deep dive. Old electronics? Sell them. Worn-out clothes? Donate them. Old notebooks? Recycle them. Give everything else a wipe down, a spritz of Febreze, and a fresh lease on life – you’ll be amazed at how good you feel afterwards.
2 – Get your car serviced.
Winter is a rough season for any vehicle, and the last thing you want it to break down on a wet road on the way to or from class. Ease your mind now and get your oil changed, buy a new snow scraper, and maybe get some snow tires. You can even DIY a detail to make driving a lot less of a chore.
3 – Update your resume.
Every new thing you learn is a critical component to your future. Present yourself professionally and keep your resume up to date with these new skills. When you’re done, check out NHTI Career Coach and see how to get a jump on the job market.
4 – Flex your creativity and uniqueness.
With all your time spent between work and school, hobbies are not a priority during the semester. During your break, make them one. Refuel your creative juices by cooking a new meal every week, taking some beautiful pictures, sketching out a video game plot, even building a LEGO castle with your siblings or kids.
5 – Take a week-long class.
NHTI offers online classes that give you a full semester of course credit in one week. It’s an intense week, but it checks a general education requirement off your course list so you can focus more on your major when classes begin. For more information, contact NHTIadmissions@ccsnh.edu – our advisors are here to help you find your future.
NHTI is ready to welcome you back to classes on Jan. 19, 2021. Until then, have a safe, happy, and healthy winter break!