1) Research your classes.
Look up your professors and do some research on Rate My Professor. See what they’re like, read up on their expectations, and get familiar with their syllabus before class begins. Never hurts to be ahead of the game.
2) Plan out your year.
Jot down all the important dates and events happening next year and plan ahead! Set goals and make steps to help you get there. This will be your year.
3) Read ahead.
We all know how easy it is to drown in readings in 4+ different classes throughout the semester. Taking a little of your free time during break will lessen the load.
4) Find an everyday routine you’re comfortable with.
Learning to take care of yourself and your things is important. Make sure you’re maximizing the hours in the day by finding a schedule that works for you! And stick with it. It makes life a little easier.
5) Stay or get in shape.
As Nike would say… just do it.
6) Learn how to cook easy, healthy dishes.
Your health is everything. Without it, you’re seriously limited in the things you can do both mentally and physically. So take this time to make an investment in yourself and learn what’s good for your body. This will save your health and your schedule down the road.
7) Reevaluate your possessions.
You’re a busy person. And time is money. You don’t want to be wasting time throughout the school year worrying about what to wear or wondering where things are. Go through your things to keep only what you need and get rid of the things that are being misused. Less is more.
8) Work on your independent projects.
There’s finally time to indulge in causes close to your heart without the distraction of school or the obligatory student duties to keep you from ‘em. Whether it’s starting a passion project or taking a class, do something you want to do that you think will leave you with valuable experience and knowledge gained. That can be anything from realizing you really don’t want to major in Psychology anymore to learning Portuguese. Everything helps.
9) Clean up your resume and portfolio.
NOW is the time to start applying for those summer positions if you haven’t already. A lot of big companies are reviewing applications at start of the year and are looking to move forward with the hiring process as soon as possible. So get to it!
Take care of yourself. Spend time with your loved ones. Enjoy your time off, recharge and fill up on enough inspiration to drive you all throughout the coming semester. You worked hard for this. And you deserve it.