You’ve earned a break, now what to do?

By: OSI Blogger Jacki Licciardi

I’m sure we can all say that we have been quite busy over the past autumn quarter. I might even go as far as saying some of us were extremely busy. Well, I know I was. So, it’s that time of year again…winter break of course! A time where we can relax and take a break from the studying, listening to lectures, taking exams, writing those wonderful papers (we love to write), and just the overall demands of college life.

I can admit that when this time of year comes rolling around there is nothing more that I would rather do than hibernate indoors, drink hot chocolate, and watch a great movie. Although, to be honest the best times I have had over any break from school have always been the ones that I have spent traveling or doing adventurous stuff with my friends.

You might be thinking, cool…What’s your point!? I challenge you this winter break to leave your warm couch and explore the beautiful city!

We live in a charming city where the options of things to do in the cold winter months sometimes seem limited, but in reality are quite the opposite. So bundle up, get outside, and start exploring!

Ice Skate: Go on, go. Gather some friends and family and head to the ice skating rink. You might be surprised at how much fun you actually have or just how rusty your skills are.

Build a snowman and make a snow angel: In my opinion these truly go hand in hand. Can you build a snowman and resist falling back into the snow to fan out? I say no, but it’s your call.

Have a movie night: I would personally suggest picking an old classic movie to watch with either your friends or family…. or maybe alone.

Exercise: Winter is no excuse to gain 10 pounds. Get a partner to join you and search some local classes or just get up and take a jog. I promise you will feel better.

Zoo lights, theater, museum … any or all of these would be great ways to explore the city while enjoying your break in a very productive manner.

Volunteer: There is no better feeling than giving back. Chicago has plenty of great organizations that can always use a helping hand. Even if you just spend a few hours helping, you’ll be glad you did.

Well that’s it. Of course this is not a complete list of all the things you can do over break but hopefully this will get you started.

Bottom line, is that you have worked hard all quarter and deserve some time to enjoy yourself. Rationalize if you have to go outside your comfort zone, but consider it a present from you, to you.  I bet you will come back from break feeling refreshed and accomplished!

If you have any other suggestions of fun activities to do over break, please leave a comment below and share it with everyone. Enjoy your break!


… Jacki Licciardi is currently working in the Office of Student Involvement as the Program Assistant for Social Media and Leadership Development. Jacki is also a current graduate student at DePaul studying College Student Development.


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