How To Make The Most Of Your Winter (Or Summer) Break

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Let’s face it; the hardest part about being in college is learning how to successfully manage your time. Months of non-stop hard work make it darn near impossible to get anything done over winter break ( or even summer break!). The question is, should we even have to be productive?

The answer is yes and no. One of the most important things that life will teach you is that taking breaks and knowing when to relax is just as important as getting things done.  Take your deserved breaks during the holi{day}s, but before and after get a few things done! The important thing to note is that taking more frequent breaks throughout more of your days is more important than taking one long break of non-stop non-productivity. During the semester, If you find yourself frustrated over something, take a 5 minute break…watch babies laugh on YouTube or read an inspirational quote…anything you need to give you the determination that you started with!

During long breaks from school, take the time to learn about something you haven’t gotten the chance to because of your class load. Once you’re in your major, read about your chosen field and career choices. BLS.gov’s occupational handbook, (www.bls.gov/ooh/), provides salary, work environment information, job outlook statistics and similar positions for hundreds of jobs.  This is valuable information you want to know when choosing a career path (more on this later!).

Read about the leaders in your field, the pioneers of innovation or the “rags to riches” stories. People like J.K Rowling, Jeff Bezos and Oprah Winfrey all got their start from less than desirable backgrounds. Their amazing stories will inspire you to stay focused and reach your biggest accomplishments.

Follow your favorite leaders and companies on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get your daily dose of information and motivation!

Make yourself more marketable by brushing up on a second language. Take 20 minutes every day to study your conjugations, practice with friends/family members, etc. Look over notes or Power Points from your favorite class within your major. Remember that everything worth learning has to be learned in smaller increments over longer periods of time. Cramming may work for a test the next day, but wouldn’t you rather retain information specific to your future career?

Stay motivated and get learning, my friends, that way you can start the new year ready to tackle the semester with your best foot forward!Exercise your brain to learn more often and you’ll be thanking yourself later.

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