Winter Break is just around the corner, but has it left you wondering what you can do with all that free time? Here are some fun ideas to get you started:
Rediscover the Great Outdoors
After being cooped up in dorms rooms and lecture halls all semester, try spending some time outdoors (when it’s not freezing). We spend so much time indoors in front of electronics that it’s refreshing to disconnect once in awhile. So make it a habit to turn off the Xbox and put away your iPad. Instead, plan a ski trip with some friends, go camping, or simply spend an afternoon in the park.
There are many volunteering opportunities in many countries around the world, and with all this time off, this may be the perfect chance to help out a community in need. Organizations like Volunteer International can help you find the program for you! (Pictured below: a pre-med student worked in a hospital in Cape Coast, Ghana) And of course, volunteering in your local communities is always a great alternative to planning a whole trip abroad.
Pick Up A Random New Hobby
Is there something that you’ve always wanted to learn but never had the time for? Well, here’s the perfect opportunity! Pick up flamenco moves for your next girls’ night out, master Adobe Photoshop to touch up your Facebook photos, or build your sushi making skills (like the Sushi 101 class pictured below that’s hosted by the Genji Sushi Bar in Newton, Massachusetts). Point is, there are a ton of free and affordable classes in virtually every skill out there. Novel and handy to know, a random hobby would make an awesome conversation starter!
Catch up with a TV Marathon
Winter break is a great opportunity to make your Netflix subscription worth the money! Catch up on the TV shows that you missed out on during the rest of the year. There’s a plus to not following the TV season – instead of waiting a week for each episode, you get to see the whole story back-to-back! So dive into Season One Glee or The Office‘s Overtime: Digital Shorts Collection, which both came out on DVD this past November. And if you don’t have a Netflix account, try streaming online with Hulu!
Explore Your Local Neighborhood
One of the best things about going home for break is that you get to see all of your hometown friends in one place. Gather your BFF(s), and check out a new part of your local town. Tools, like PlanJam, help you and your friends figure out something fun to do!
Can’t wait for winter break! Tell us what some of you guys like to do over break!