With an incredibly long winter break, the first instinct may be to make a mental list of all of the shows that you’re going to watch on Netflix. While break is a great time to relax and unwind, it is also a time to reflect and plan for your future. Here are some of my recommended activities while you’re back in your hometown for a little while:
Read books that interest you
Try out a new recipe and find your signature dish that you’ll be able to wow your roommates with once you get back from break
Meet with your accountant/financial planner to see if you’re in good standing with academic payments and post-graduation
Get in all of your mandatory appointments – dentist, general check up, etc.
Have a movie and cookie decorating night with all of your friends from your town
Explore a different area of your hometown
Try out a new restaurant in your local area
Back up all of your documents and photos from the semester
Clear out your email inbox with unnecessary emails and newsletter subscriptions
Volunteer at your local animal shelter or soup kitchen
We are in the final stretch of the semester which means winter break is only a few short days away! It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of finals, packing, traveling, and saying goodbye to friends for a few weeks, but make sure that you don’t forget the following as you depart New York:
Return your textbooks!
Check out of the dorms/inform your RA (if living in the dorms)
Don’t forget to lock your apartment/dorm door (you’d be surprised how many people have forgotten)
Turn off your heat while you’re away so that you don’t run up a huge bill
Double check that you have your wallet, ID, and passport
Bring your winter coat with you even if you’re traveling somewhere warm. You’ll need it once you travel back to the city
Don’t forget a portable charger for your travels and be sure to always have snacks!
Clean out your fridge/pantry and dispose of any perishables
It’s the most wonderful time of the year….FINALS! This isn’t the most exciting or least stressful part of the year, however it is a time where you can look back and appreciate how much you have learned in a single semester. Before you panic, take a moment to appreciate that you have gotten this far in your education! Being enrolled in college is a huge accomplishment and you should be very proud. In dealing with finals, it is best to take a calm approach. Panicking, stressing, and cramming will not do you any good, so hopefully by the time you are reading this, you are at a point where you can prepare in advance!
Don’t wait until the review. The final exam review is typically 1 week before the exam, which doesn’t leave you much time to study among all of your other classes, projects, and assignments. If you write out a study guide or key topics that you discussed in class prior to the review, it will help to refresh your memory and help guide you for the exam prep. We often forget the information that we learned during week 1, so try your best to review those old notes.
Take study breaks. If you begin studying in advance, you will allow more time to gradually learn and absorb all of the information. With that, you should allow yourself to take a break from studying to go get ice cream, take a shower, order dinner, or watch an episode of television.
Put your phone volume on, but put it across the room. It may sound ridiculous to keep your phone volume on, but I’ve noticed that I always want to check my phone to see if I got any notifications. By turning your volume on, you’ll know when someone is trying to reach you rather than constantly being worried if you missed a text or call by having it on silent.
Study with friends. Like all successful business partnerships, your partner will usually possess skills that you do not have. The same thing applies to study partners. They may understand a section that you need extra help on and the same can be said vice versa. By teaching a topic, you are also helping yourself reassure your knowledge and awareness on the topic.
Now being a 7th semester college student, I’ve had my fair share of classes and professors across several departments. This semester, I am enrolled in a social science class called Sex Roles, Marriage, and Family taught by Professor Rosen. This was a class that I had wanted to take since I started here at FIT, but it typically fills up incredibly quickly at the time of registering for classes. This semester, I was fortunate enough to get one of the coveted slots in class and I have not been disappointed. Not only do we discuss the typical curriculum of the class, but we also relate what we learn to current events, pop culture, and how it pertains to our own personal lives. The conversations that we have in class are usually very eye opening and has helped me realize how different and unique everyone’s opinion can be. Professor Rosen is incredibly encouraging, supportive, and friendly throughout her teaching and has always provided us with interesting and helpful resources and assignments. I highly recommend taking this course if it fulfills your graduation requirement and having Professor Rosen as your educator!