10 Things To Do Over Winter Break

6. Have a spa day with mom

Or grandma, sister, aunt, whoever! Getting to chill with a strong woman in your life over a mani/pedi is not only good for your cuticles, but it’s also good for your soul. Not to sound corny, but getting advice from, venting to and laughing with a woman who influences you is something you don’t get to do every day. So take advantage of your time off to spend some time with your favorite leading lady.

7. Volunteer

Though the holiday season is almost over, local charities need help year-round. Seek out a charity that does work you’re passionate about, and look into volunteering for them. Just a few hours will not only be rewarding for you, but it can also make a huge difference for that charity. As always, there’s strength in numbers, so make a bigger difference by gathering up some friends or neighbors to help the cause, too!

8. Learn to cook

If you haven’t already figured this out, cooking is a life skill that everyone needs, unless you want to stick to Lean Cuisines for the rest of your life. Take advantage of your parents’ well-stocked kitchen and get the cook in your family to show you a few things. Learn to make something you love, and learn how to make a new dish that you can try out on your friends back at school. Knowing how to cook will not only make your tummy happier, but it’ll also save you money by buying groceries instead of fast food.

9. Get a head start on summer

Whether you’re planning to intern in the summer or hope to find a summer job, looking ahead while you have some free time can be a great advantage when the time to apply rolls around. Get your cover letters in order, make sure your resume is up-to-date, and do some research on companies you’d like to work for! Also check out internship websites like Intern Queen and HC’s own Careerette Pages to find some listings you can already apply for. Also, check out this HC article for more ways to get a head start on summer internships during winter break.

10. Give your room a makeover

Maybe spending countless hours on Pinterest during finals will finally pay off! Get some ideas together for how to arrange your furniture, paint over that wallpaper that’s been around since you were 7, and make full use of the space you have. Completely making over a room can be time-consuming, so make sure you have the time to commit before you head back to school! If you don’t have time for a complete makeover, try just getting (or creating) new art for the walls or turning your bed into the canopy bed you’ve always wanted!

Whatever you decide to do over winter break, make sure you spend some time making yourself happy. Through stress from school, work and life in general, you can get worn down. Use winter break to recharge and get ready for the semester ahead!