Finally. It’s that time of the semester we’ve all been waiting for. Whether you’re sticking around the West Chester area, heading back home or traveling elsewhere, the fall semester has run its course and winter break has begun. You may be feeling mixed emotions. Maybe you’re graduating and unsure of your future, maybe you’re nervous about readjusting to life at home, or maybe you’re just relieved to have a month to recover from the past semester.

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Some of us may be reuniting with friends and family that we haven’t seen since we started the semester, which can be exciting, nerve-wracking, and intimidating all at once. How will the college experience affect our interactions with those at home? What questions will be asked? Will things still feel the same as they did before college? While having these concerns is typical, the important thing to remember is that yes, things will feel and be different, but “different” doesn’t equal “bad.” With new experiences comes personal growth, and no one is the exact same person they were entering college as they are now.

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At the same time, you may be wondering how you can make the most of the time off. Is there a certain hobby or skill you’ve been wanting to master? Are you interested in getting ahead in your academics and professional career by taking a winter course? Maybe you’re looking to put in some more hours at work to pay off student loans or treat yourself for making it through a long semester.

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On the other hand, if a Netflix binge and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s is calling your name, go for it. If you want to relax and be productive at the same time, you can split up your time to do that. Maybe you watch Netflix for part of the day and then practice an instrument, learn a new language, or explore a part of your hometown that you’re unfamiliar with.

No matter how you decide to spend your break, remember that it is a break. Before overloading your schedule, make sure that you prioritize you first. This is your time to recharge and take care of yourself before the spring semester begins.

Safe travels, fellow Rams. Stay warm and enjoy this next month of winter break!giphy

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