This blog is written by Erin our campus ambassador for the College of William and Mary.
Your finals are over and you now have between two weeks and a month to blow off steam and celebrate with friends and family. After months of living the life of a full-time college student, it is easy to shun anything even remotely resembling responsibility and to settle in to days of shopping, holiday movies, and a marathon of holiday cookie eating. But spending just a few moments a day investing in next semester can leave you feeling less stressed and more prepared for when classes start again.
First off, if you haven’t already, work on making plans for what you will be doing this summer. Look for and apply for internships, jobs, or study abroad programs and do everything in your power to finalize your plans now. When it’s mid-February and you are knee-deep in midterms and extra-curricular activities, you’ll be glad that your summertime plans are all set.
Secondly, look over your schedule for next semester and make certain that you are meeting requirements for your program of study. The last thing you want is to have to stay at school for an extra semester (or year!) because you didn’t stop to reevaluate your courses to make sure that you have taken or plan to take required courses or the required number of credits to graduate. Compare the list of requirements presented by your school with your plan to make sure it matches up.
Thirdly, carve out a few 20-minute sessions of time to work out. Home cooked food+ a drastically reduced amount of movement = post- holiday sluggishness. Pre-empt that “blah” feeling that comes after two weeks of 24-hour cookie-eating duty by popping into the gym or going for a walk with a family member or friend just a few times a week. Keeping your energy up during the holiday season will leave you energized for the stressful and untiring semester that lies ahead.
Remember to enjoy this special time with family and friends and take time to do things that you don’t have the time or energy to do during the semester. Make memories, spread cheer, but keep the semester ahead in the back of your mind.