It’s spring break, and all your friends are out partying in another world. Tapping your fingernails against the granite table and listening to the humdrum sounds of construction outside makes you want to rip your hair out. You drag yourself over to couch, and pull out your phone. Playing the “hot or not,” game on Tinder is usually amusing, but what a boring story that would make for after spring break. Instead, you put down your phone and grab a piece of paper and a pen. With a week of possibilities ahead of you, you start planning.
1. Read that book you’ve been putting off for months
With classes, homework, and work, there’s almost no time to read for pleasure. Spring break is the perfect opportunity for you to lug out those sad books that have been waiting for you to turn their dusty pages. A whole fantasy world is waiting for you to give it a story.
2. Spring break…more like spring cleaning
The transition from winter to spring means reorganizing your closet, donating clothes, throwing out old useless belongings you’ve hoarded over the cold months, and wiping everything down. So much to do and you’ve got a whole week. Get ahead and feel like a new person after.
3. Be alone with your thoughts
The jumble of everyday life leaves you little time to just sit down and think. Use this moment for some meditation and to focus on your mental health. It will help you not completely deteriorate during the final days of the semester.
4. Travel somewhere alone
Going places with friends and family is fun, but traveling alone to a foreign land or even somewhere close to home can be a new experience. You learn to depend only on yourself. Maybe you’ll even get to discover some things about yourself that you never knew before. It gives you a taste of real independence in this big world of ours.
5. Get a head start
The last thing you want to think about is homework, but using a few days in your week to catch up or even get ahead could really help. After break ends, you won’t be the one worrying.
6. Learn how to cook!
College students often have little time in the day to prepare a five-course meal for themselves. Using this week to look at cookbooks or asking your mom for her secret recipes can make the biggest difference in your diet and wallet. Also, you can show off your chef skills when you host your next party.
7. Netflix and chill by yourself
Don’t take it that way…or do. Netflix is your best friend to take away all your stress with your favorite shows and movies. Prop your feet up for a White Collar binge, and pretend Matt Bomer will still marry you despite him having a husband and kids.
8. Soak up the good karma
Maybe your schedule as of now provides no time to volunteer and do good for others. You can use this week to contribute back to society and make friends along the way. Plus, devoting yourself to people/animals in need never harmed anyone. It only makes the good type of difference.
Setting down the pen, you hold up your paper and gleam. It’s like a bucket list waiting to happen. The only thing left to do now to decide how is to how to get going.