By Emily Carle and Anne Dudley
Phew! You did it! Finished up the fall semester, survived finals week, and made it home despite all the snow in Kent.
Ahhh…. Time to relax!
Not to put a damper on the peaceful moment here, but there are few things you might want to consider squeezing in between eating holiday cookies and taking all those well-deserved naps.
Here they are:
- Relax. – Sit down and take some time to enjoy not having any assignments, papers, or tests to worry about. Balance this with time with friends and family.
- FAFSA – Get ready to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. Even if you haven’t received tax information, it’s good to get it started. Set a reminder on your phone to finish this up when you get back to Kent.
- Kent State Scholarship Application – One app, tons of scholarships. One essay. Do this in one afternoon over break and then take another nap. Good job.
- Books – Don’t max out that credit card on holiday deals….. Book buying season is upon us again!
- Summer Internship searching – start your search over break and you’ll be mighty thankful when the Spring semester hits! Write down or set reminders for all the deadlines, because many come before you think!
- Evaluate – When you get a moment between playing C.O.D. and stealing another slice of Grandma’s pie, think back over your semester. Would you change anything? How can you improve for next semester? Consider writing this down and taking it back to Kent with you.
- Read a book, just for fun! – Take the time to catch up on reading you don’t have time for during the school year. Learn something new!
- Do some organization. – By taking the time during break to organize everything, the spring semester will start off on the right foot. Even if it’s just doing a little cleaning, it’ll make a big difference! If you are cleaning out your closet, remember you can take clothes to Plato’s Closet and get a couple bucks to put towards holiday shopping or donate to the Goodwill or Salvation Army in the Holiday spirit
- Pack and Repack – Make sure you have all your winter apparel ready to go. Unfortunately Spring semester isn’t always very spring-like at Kent State, so bring back boots, coats, gloves, scarves to be prepared for the winter months.
- Do something fun! – Skiing, sledding, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing, or anything you don’t have time to do when classes and homework are first on the priority list. Shows and concerts can be fun too!
- Get all of your doctor and dentist appointments in over break when you have time to do so. Or remember to schedule them for Spring break (March 21-27). Be completely healthy and ready to start the spring semester!
- Set goals for the future (similar to evaluation). – If you know what you want to accomplish in the spring semester before it starts, you won’t be playing catch up all semester. Be realistic and be ready to do what it takes to accomplish those goals.
Winter break can be a tough thing for a lot of students. Life has probably changed a lot since you lived at home full-time or simply started going to Kent. Sometimes, it can be an awkward balance between life at home and life at Kent. So be supportive of your friends, keep in touch, communicate with others about how you’re feeling, and rest up for another 15 weeks!
Emily Carle is a senior applied communications major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information. Anne Dudley is a first year PR master’s student and graduate assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.