As a college student, winter break is the longest time that I will be able to get away from school, with the exception of summer. About a month away from school is not something that I plan to take for granted, since time is precious. There are endless possibilities regarding how I can spend my time, and I want to accomplish as much as I can. While my plans are not set in stone, there are a few things I will surely be doing.
Service will be a major part of my break. As a Bonner Scholar, I have committed to finding a place to volunteer at for the time that I am home. Relaxation will also come into play, especially since I will have the opportunity to see people that I do not have a possibility to see regularly. Along with this, I cannot neglect to get ready for the next semester. Some big things are happening in my life at college that I will need to be prepared for.
While I am at home, I will be completing my volunteer service at my old high school. The hours that I work will go toward my Scholarship requirements, as well as helping me complete my Americorps term of four-hundred-fifty hours. My service at the school will put me in a position where I can help in a stressful time, being that it is the holiday season. I will act as a sort of TA in that I will be available to assist teachers in whatever they need to complete in the holiday season. I will also get the opportunity to help the students by assisting them with their work and talking to them about going to college. The best thing about spending my break time at school is that I will be able to learn. We learn by experience, and I am excited to get out there and do all that I can.
Since experience is what I am looking for, volunteering cannot be the only thing that I do over break. I also plan to spend some time relaxing and doing the things that do not produce emotional tense. Spending time with my friends is one of the most relaxing things that I can do over break. Being with people who do not make me feel pressured to act like somebody who I am not is the perfect way to get my mind off of school. My friends and I like to go to the park and slackline, I plan on doing this every day. Being alone is also an important aspect of relaxation. Over break, I will probably find some time to sit down and read a book. Reading allows you escaping from stressful reality into the exciting world of an author.
While I would like to spend a lot of my spare time living in the moment, without a schedule, I will still need to think about the future. I have a difficult semester ahead, and it would be wise for me to do some preparation. Next semester, I will be taking twenty credit hours because recently I have been accepted into the Honors College, which also means I am moving to Jarvis house as soon as I return. Not to mention, I will still have to complete ten hours a week of community service and play tennis with the tennis team. During this break, I will also need to take some time for getting my things organized for the next semester. I should make arrangements for getting my books and do a schedule for the first couple of weeks.
There are a lot of things that I could do over Winter Break. It looks like my time will be full of community service, relaxation, and preparation for the next semester. All the things that I have planned are very different in purpose, but all are equally important as I want to live a balanced and stress-free life. I know that if I stick to what I have planned, I will be refreshed and happy during my holidays and ready for the future.