College Advice

College Advice: Breaks

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Hi and welcome to A Quirky Twist’s college advice for freshmen! This week’s topic is on another subject that isn’t typically talked about in college videos or blog posts, which are breaks. A lot of colleges typically have three longer breaks during the school year: fall, winter and spring. So today I’m sharing my advice on how to take advantage of these breaks and get the most out of them. Again these are just suggestions I have based on my freshmen experiences and not hard and fast rules you need to follow. With that being said I have 3 suggestions for making the most out of your breaks in college!

  1. FALL BREAK

This will be your first long break of your first semester; however, I use the term long loosely because mine last year was only 4 days. Fall break will typically land in the middle of the most hectic part of your semester, right around the time of midterms in October. Fall break will also be the time where you’re more than likely seeing your family for the first time since move-in day. My suggestion for fall break is to take this time to relax, before you head back to school and into more midterms. You’ll probably definitely be craving your favorite restaurants from home, so I suggest making lunch or dinner plans with your high school friends so you can enjoy your favorite food.

2. WINTER BREAK

Winter break in college is a lot different from winter break in high school. Mainly because it’s a lot longer, most high school breaks were a week to two weeks long college winter break is around a month long. College winter break is also different because there aren’t yearlong classes, and chances are you won’t know many people in your new ones so you get an empty slate at the end of break. That being said winter break can get boring very fast, so if you had a summer job go back to work chances are they need you and you’ll also be making extra money. Make sure to take full advantage of winter break to rest up and relax, before school starts back in January. Winter breaks also afford you more time to hangout with your family and high school friends than fall break did. SO enjoy the month you don’t have to walk to class in freezing cold temperatures.

3. SPRING BREAK

My spring breaks during my K-12 years always evolved around the Easter holiday either the week before or the week after, which isn’t the case in college. College spring breaks are typically in early March, when it’s still cold in most states. Spring break is a full week unlike the 4 days of fall break I had. Personally for my spring break I went home for all of it, but I know lots of people who spent either half or all of it on vacation. I think you should spend spring break where you want to and what you think will be the most relaxing for you. If you’re tired of being surrounded by people and constantly with friends spending break at home will be perfect for you and vice versa. Also if you don’t go anywhere fun or interesting don’t feel bad about not having an “Instagram worthy” break, by the time April comes you will have forgotten all about, and no longer be comparing your break to, other people’s “super exotic” breaks.

Those are all of the tips I have for breaks in college, I hope this helps ease some of the future class of 2020’s worries about college. If you know anyone who will be going to college in the fall, share this post with them. And if you want to hear more about my college advice check back next Tuesday. Thank you so much for stopping by feel free to leave a comment below!

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PS In case you missed it you can find last week’s college advice post here!

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