Illustrations by Justin Remotap.
Ah, yes… Winter break… On one hand, it’s the perfect time to relax, prepare for the semester ahead, and maybe catch up with some old friends. On the other hand, you’ll probably be back in your parents’ house, dreading the classes you signed up for in the spring, and wondering if a college degree is really worth the pain it takes to get there. Luckily for you, we’ve got some good ideas (and some not-so-good-but-definitely-fun ideas) to keep you entertained during the few weeks off from classes.
ANGEL ON YOUR SHOULDER
Spice up your look.
Cut your hair, color your hair, or get some new piercings. No better way to keep yourself entertained than by feelin’ your look and scarin’ your parents all at the same time!
Binge watch a Netflix show.
That’s what this time is for. Choose something with short episodes so that you don’t get bored. Here are some suggestions that you can find on Netflix: The End of the F***ing World (season two just dropped), Schitt’s Creek, Russian Doll, The Politician (Ben Platt and Gwyneth Paltrow), Easy, or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Go to a local show.
Now that you’re old enough to hit all the venues in town, go check out the bands that play in your area. Not only are you going to make the artists’ night by showing up at their gig, but you may find some new songs to obsess over!
Do that one thing you’ve been putting off.
For the love of GOD: update your resume. Apply for summer internships. Find some scholarships (Google “Ohio State Scholarships” for a good starting point!) Study for the MCAT. Make that LinkedIn account. You’ve been saying you’re going to get around to it for a while now… Let’s get goin’!
Research companies you may be interested in working for and positions you’d be interested in holding.
Pro tips: entry-level or associate positions SCREAM first job out of college. Check out Glassdoor to see honest reviews of companies before you apply for a position. Apply for jobs via computer, NOT from your phone. Use LinkedIn. Tailor your resume to each application. (Job applications don’t work like the Common App—one does not fit all!) Slow and steady wins the race. You have all of winter break, not to mention the entirety of spring semester. You have time. You’ll get there. Aim to complete a few goals daily instead of expecting to sit down one day and have a job the next.
DEVIL ON YOUR SHOULDER
Hook up with your high school crush.
You’re hotter now. You’re smarter now. You may have been too nervous to shoot your shot in 2014, but it’s almost 2020 and it’s time to make some moves.
Go to your local bar.
Yeah, it may be full of townies, but you’re home for the month so technically you’re a townie, too.
Smoke on your high school football field.
I can’t think of one reason why not.
Drive as fast as you can down THAT road.
You know the road. That one road that everyone races on? But you didn’t do it in high school because you were a new driver and didn’t want to wreck the family car? Well, you’re not a new driver anymore. Get movin’, speed racer.
Drink in your basement and hide it from your parents.
Ya know, just to remember what 10th grade was like.