How To Stay Productive During College Breaks

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Let’s be honest… 

School is not at the top of your list during your winter, summer or scheduled holiday breaks.

In fact, for many of you it’s probably the furthest thing from your mind. Sleeping in, spending time with family and friends, or perhaps taking thate road trip you’ve always dreamed of takes precedence during your time off. We encourage you to do all of that. You work hard, and you deserve to have some play time too! 

However, play time shouldn’t monopolize your entire break. Staying in the loop with the ‘what’s next’ stages in your life is useful and keeps you productive and organized. That way, when the time comes to register for classes or pull together a project for a class, you haven’t limited yourself with time constraints or added pressures. 

We came up with a few tips to help you continue to be effective, so when it’s time to start up classes again you’re ahead of the game…
  1. Review the list of remaining classes you need to take next semester and begin searching the following semester’s class schedule so you can register for them ahead of time. You can schedule a meeting with your academic adviser if your school hasn’t listed them yet, or if one of the classes you are currently taking requires completion prior to registering. Your adviser should be able to place you in the class tentatively so you can at least hold your spot.
  2. Analyze your score/GPA. Most employers won’t ask for this, but it’s good to keep track of your score. Plus, if you do happen to be in a field where GPA is a part of the hiring process for employment, keeping track of where you are and where you need to be is a great way to determine what types of grades you’ll need to achieve in order to reach your GPA goal.  
  3. Begin writing your resume. Even if your experience is limited or you have none at all, you have skills and an educational background that can be added to it. You may even have volunteer work or have possibly interned with a company that can be listed as additional training and/or work experience. A great resource to create your resume is Microsoft word. The software has numerous templates that you can use as a guideline for creating your resume. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to your professors and/or any professional you may have a pre-existing relationship with and ask for a letter of recommendation. Just remember to give them notice when you start applying for jobs so that they can at least be prepared for a call from the potential employer. 
Regardless, enjoy yourself and take the time you need to recuperate so that when classes start up again you’re heading back with an energetic and revitalized approach. 

As a Dorm Room Movers Author, I look forward to your college productivity comments here. 



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