Most high school students look forward to winter break as a time to relax from school related work. High school life is busy and stressful with classes, study time, activities, and friends. Although students do deserve some time to rest, they shouldn’t let good opportunitys pass them by. Winter break can mean extra time to get ahead on volunteer oportunies, studying for college admission tests, or even looking for a job.
Below is a list of ways students can make the most of winter break:
- Volunteering in the community. Winter break can be a great time to volunteer in your community. Some good places to look to are the public library, a nursing home, hospital, or community center. There are also organizations with extensive databases of locations that are often looking for help around the holidays, including The United Way and VolunteerMatch.
- Studying for the SAT and ACT. College preparation is very important. Students can improve their scores by doing just 1 hour of SAT/ACT study every day. It will also be easier to concentrate on the test without the distractions of daily school homework.
- Looking into jobs. The job market is tight right now, but temporary holiday jobs are often available. If that’s not a real possibility, winter break is a good time to look for an internship which will look great on a college resume. It’s not too early. Here is a link to a past blog on the benefits of an internship: The Benefits of Internships.
- Working on the college application. Most deadlines have passed, but there are still some that haven’t.
- Enjoying some down time. Like anyone else, students also need some time to relax. The down time will give a student time to recharge.