Author: Sora Wolff
Ah winter break, the glorious time of year when your mile-long to do list magically disappears, you manage to get more than three hours of sleep per night, and you don’t have to hear the words “you can find that in the syllabus” from a professor for weeks. You some how managed to survive dead week (which can we talk about how dead week definitely isn’t dead anymore-I had three finals during dead week) and you crawled your way through finals. Now, you’re home free. After you spend an inevitable three straight days in bed binge watching Netflix and sleeping, you might find yourself asking, now what? Here’s a to do list when you get bit by the boredom bug over winter break.
1) Go ice-skating
I dislike winter more than anyone but I’m still an advocate for this winter activity. Grab some friends and head to a local rink and enjoy an evening of laughing at your uncoordinated friends who can’t stop falling (I am that friend). If you’re in Omaha or want to make the trip, check out The Rink on Farnam at Midtown Crossing. Admission is only $5 per person, including skate rental and all proceeds benefit the Salvation Army.
2) Create a fort that covers your entire living room
Who says that life has to be taken so seriously all the time? Invite your friends over and create a huge pillow/blanket fort in your living room. Spend the day playing board games or watching movies from your childhood.
3) Create a photo album of all your 2017 memories
There’s no better time to look back on everything that happened this year. Look at all your photos from this past year, the good and the bad moments. Everything that happened this year helped to make you into the person you are now. Recollect and evaluate!
4) Give back to your community
Check out a local charity and see what you can do to give back. Maybe it’s serving a hot meal or donating household items. Many homeless shelters could use extra hands this time of year. The Salvation Army is always looking for bell ringers too!
5) Discover new artists on Spotify
Get yourself out of your comfort zone and try listening to new artists or new genres you normally wouldn’t. Here are my suggestions for different genres and artists to try:
Pop: Quinn XCII, Chelsea Cutler,
Electronic: Ayokay, Clueless Kit
Future Bass: Louis the Child, Odesza, Illenium
Indie: Saint Motel, Two Door Cinema Club
6) Go to your local library
When was the last time you read something that wasn’t a required reading, but just for fun? Head to your local library, find a good book and stay for a few hours.
7) Reconnect with an old friend
Call up an old friend you haven’t talked to in a while and ask them to get coffee with you. Share some of your life experience and ask to hear about theirs. You never know what you might learn.
8) Go through your closet
Why wait until spring to clean out your closet? Go through your closet now and pull anything that you don’t wear anymore. Donate your clothes to someone in need or a local non-profit.
9) Learn to cook
If you’re like me then you’ve probably been meaning to learn how to cook for YEARS. There’s no time like the present so do some Pinterest searching and find something new to try. You could even cook a meal for your parents while you’re home!
10) Create goals for the New Year
New year, new you, right?! Kidding, but winter break can be a great time to create some set goals of things you’d like to accomplish in 2018! Maybe it’s getting on Dean’s List or trying a kickboxing class. Either way set yourself up for success early on.
11) Treat yourself to a spa day
After getting through a long and stressful 16 weeks, you deserve a relaxing day at the spa. I highly recommend you try out a hot stones massage.
12) Volunteer to walk dogs at your local animal shelter
This is one of my favorite things to do when I go to my hometown. Most animal shelters are always looking for people to walk dogs, especially when it’s cold out. Bundle up warm and spend an hour or two with a furry friend.
13) Start a new workout regime
One thing I’ve heard repeatedly from students over the semester is that wish they had time to workout more. Winter break is the perfect time to make this wish a reality. Try out different regimes and find what works for you.
14) Research opportunities for next summer
Maybe you’ve thought about what you want to do next summer and maybe you haven’t. Whether you want to get an internship, travel, work, or take summer classes, winter break is a great time to explore options and plan ahead. Then you’ll feel less stressed out when you’re in the middle of spring semester and have to be thinking about your summer.
15) Monopoly game night
Dust off the old Monopoly game from your parents’ storage and gather some friends or family for a game night! If the game ends with someone flipping over the board because they’ve already mortgaged all their properties and just landed on the hotel on Boardwalk again, you’re doing it right.