Reshaping Yourself During Break

Being surrounding by class, tests, quizzes, and all school-related material can ultimately leave one’s brain fried. Leaving campus for a long break, or even in high school for the 5 day weekend my old high school use to have, was an amazing time to release stress and spend time with the family. Even if I had work to do during the break, my friends would say “technically you’re not on a break,” but I honestly do not mind it because while I am typing this, I am in the comfort of my own room with my dog by my side.

Students can either do two things while on break: relax or catch up on homework while relaxing at the same time. In my opinion, it is possible to do homework during a school break. You just have to find a sweet spot to concentrate and get work done. Luckily, I was able to accomplish that with some visits to my local Starbucks back at home with the company of my old best friend. Not only am I doing homework, but also reconnecting with someone who I haven’t talked to in ages. That being said, a coffee shop or community library will do wonders in regards to doing homework off-campus.

Fall break, from my experience, can also be an opportunity to fix errors that have been occurring throughout the semester. In other words, play the catch-up game. It is a good time to do that since there are no classes to attend or meetings. One can easily set out a plan during the free time that the break offers. It might sound boresome for people, but I promise you it will take a good amount of weight off your shoulders once everything is clear and ready to go. This comes in handy since finals season is around the corner for most of us.

If you end up spending a school break just relaxing and not opening your bookbag at all, that’s fine too! As long as you don’t have to worry about a ton of assignments once school starts again, you will be fine. However, I am not saying that I condone being lazy. Always get stuff done ahead of time so you won’t be panicking last time … but sadly everyone does that.

A single week might no seem like a lot, but it can help those that need it. It can open opportunities for people who want to progress with what they want to accomplish with what is left in the semester. Since my break is practically over at this point, it reminded me that it is important to check up on yourself. School is important, but do not overdo it. You are human that needs to rest! As a prospective student, you might be thinking “Well, I don’t really have to worry about this right now!” You’re right, but time does run fast nowadays.

That being said, appreciate your breaks and make the most out of it before it is time to chase the bread again.



Class of 2021
I was born and raised in Cicero, Illinois. Although I entered Illinois as an English major, I trusted my gut and switched to Journalism. Coming to a big institution and being a first-generation student can feel like a handful. However, knowing your resources and getting out of your comfort zone can help in the long run.

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