How can you survive winter break at home?

You couldn’t wait for finals to be over so you could head home, get a home-cooked meal and chill. But, your parents are constantly asking where you’re going, your best friend from high school went to Disney World for break, and nothing is how you thought it would be.

In fact, you’re already counting the days when you can head back to school. Before you hop in the car (or hop on the bus) and head back to school early, try some of these suggestions.

  • Talk with your parents. Yes, they may think you’re still a kid, but you need to work out how they feel about a curfew or how often they want you to check in with them. You’re used to having freedom, but your parents may have house rules they want you to follow.
  • Take some time to relax. It’s easy to get caught up in all the holiday stress, but it’s important that you relax and recharge for the upcoming semester.
  • Remember to maintain a balance. You’re only going to be able to attend so many parties, eat so many holiday cookies, and spend so many evenings with friends and family before you crash. Instead of trying to do everything at once, spread some of it out.
  • Realize not everything is going to be as you left it. You’ve changed a bit in the time you were at school. Other people have changed as well.
  • Spend some time with your siblings. If they’re younger, they’ve probably missed your being home. If they’re older and on their own, they’re probably anxious to share college stories with you.
  • Take advantage of being home. Enjoy those things from home that you can’t enjoy at school: no roommate to drive you crazy, no one to take your clothes out of the dryer and dump them on the floor, 
  • Have some fun. Make a snowman. Ice skate. Read a book.  Watch movies with friends. Go to a zoo or museum. Take a spontaneous road trip.

If you can think of any other suggestions just let us k now. Have a great holiday season.


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