i__m_gonna_be_productive_this_winter_break____by_entd4rk-d4rgljdThere are two kinds of people you will encounter over winter break; (1) The Sleepers, and (2) The Doers! It is your choice to decide which one you are, but here are a few tips if you plan on being the latter of the two.

1. Don’t sleep your break away.
Go ahead and sleep in a little bit, but don’t be one of those people who sleeps till 2:00 PM every day and wastes their break. You will be surprised how much more you enjoy being up by 10:00 AM and having more time.

2. Make those trips to see your family.
No matter how far or wide you are spread this is the time to take a few days to see those loved ones you don’t see often! You will thank me later.

3. Call your old friends.
No matter how long it has been since you last saw them, or the childish drama you left behind, you will enjoy seeing those people you grew up with. Give them a call and rekindle those lost friendships.

4. Vacation.
There are only so many vacations in a year. Don’t miss out on this one!

5. Take some much needed time off work, even if for a little bit.
You will need this for Number 4. You can get ahead in work after the long weekend you take. It will make you more productive, I guarantee!

6. On the other hand, ACTUALLY work!
This is the time where you can save up your money for when you have less time in the semester to work full time.

7. If graduation is in your near future), look for a serious job.
It is never too early (or late) to begin the search for you career. You won’t know what you want until you start looking. Winter break is the perfect time for that.

8. Take time to read a book for leisure.
Forget the text book, pull out your novel from your grandma that you never got a chance to read, start the fire and dive in. It will be the most relaxing thing you do all break.

9. Work out.
Time to get in shape!!!

These are only a few of the many things you can accomplish over break. If you only do even a couple of these tips your break will be well spent and when you get back to school in the spring you will be proud of all that you accomplished and ready to start a new semester!

Bianca R. Kofman is a senior at San Diego State University majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in International Studies. Originally from Monterey, California, Bianca moved to San Diego for college and will be graduating in May, hoping to pursue a career in nonprofits and international business. She joined NSCS during the spring of her freshman year at SDSU and is a member of Delta Gamma-Epsilon Sigma Chapter, Rotaract and Mortar Board. Visit her website to talk about community service, travel or business or connect with her on Linkedin. Click here to view her other writing samples and blog posts.