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Holidays season is just around the corner! Yes, planes, trains and automobiles will be crowded and college students will be making last minute travel plans all across the country.
Of course, with everything else college students have going on, planning for Thanksgiving (and the winter holidays) can get pushed to the side. So just how can college students make the most of their holiday break? Here are some things to consider to be fully prepared and to help you make the most of your time off from your college bubble:
If you plan on traveling home during the holiday don’t wait until the last minute to start planning your trip. The longer you wait the more money you’re going to spend! If going home involves a plane ticket get that booked now! Like yesterday. No joke the longer you wait and the closer it gets you’re going to regret waiting once you see the price of that plane ticket.
If you’re driving home for the holidays make sure you have enough gas or get your ride home locked in! Trying to find a ride last minute can be a nightmare and you don’t want to start your break off stressed out.
One way to figure out what to bring home over holiday breaks is to view Thanksgiving as a quick weekend home and the winter holidays as an extended vacation. For Thanksgiving don't bring home a month's worth of laundry. Bring home a few key items, including what you'll need in order to do your homework, and leave the bigger stuff for the winter holiday trip.
Leave Before the Rush
A majority of the population in college towns are primarily in-state students. So the next time you’re in class take a look around, and just think that 75% of the students in your classroom are going to be hitting the road home probably the same time you’re able to head out. Now, just think that every class at that moment has the same amount all across campus. Yeah, that's a lot of cars on the road.
Catch up with Old Friends
Pretty much everyone you went to high school with will be off school for the holidays. You can use this time to catch up, relive old times and reminisce about the good old days. A lot has probably changed since college started and it’s good to learn about what path everyone has chose.
Be Present with Your Family
Imagine being a parent and raising your child for 18 years. 18 years knowing (for the most part) where they are and what they are doing. Then bam!!! College rolls around and you have no idea what they are doing and sometimes go weeks without a phone call.
Whether they show it or not holiday break is what parents look forward to all year. It’s the one time where family traditions pick up right where they left off. The flood of memories and good times are in full effect. This holiday season make the most of being with your family, put down your phone and be present. Enjoy the spirit of the holiday season with your ones you love the most.
When the holiday season rolls around, many of us cherish the time we get to spend with our loved ones. During this time, however, it’s also easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of the season. Hectic travel schedules and frenzied last-minute shopping can make the holidays more stressful than they need to be. So instead of getting caught up in what gifts to buy, spend some time thinking about how you can give back to those who may be less fortunate. After all, giving back is the best way to spread holiday cheer.
Adequate sleep is one of the most important things for good health. Sleep allows the brain to rest and recharge itself, so that the mind is alert and ready for the next day’s activities. Lack of sleep can cause mood swings and zoning out.
It’s time to get a jump start on planning next semester while you have time and there’s no time like the present! Check out your textbooks you’ll need and visit to compare prices and see how much weekly rentals will cost.
Additionally, you should start creating a game plan for next semester now, before you get too busy to do so later.