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Thanksgiving Break: The Perfect Time to Reset

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To me, being a student at UMass is a full-time job. Between balancing my academics, social life, a healthy lifestyle, and focusing on getting an internship, there is rarely time for complete relaxation and aloneness. The days go by so fast, and the weeks even faster. It seems like only yesterday where I was attending my first lecture and going over the syllabus. With Thanksgiving break coming up, it is the perfect time for students to hit that reset button and relax. Here are some of the things all students should do during their week off of school (I know I will be!).

Spend time with family and friends:

It’s no surprise that, during Thanksgiving break, you should spend time with your family and close friends. But this is especially true while you are a college student. Being away from home for extended periods of time can cause homesickness, and there is no better remedy than spending time with the people you love. Whether that’s doing a family activity, having a gigantic meal, or just being lazy and sitting on the couch, having that family time with the people most important to you is a fantastic way to get away from school work.


Have some alone time:

Being a student at UMass, I am constantly around peers and students so sometimes it can be a bit difficult to find some alone time to rest. I know for a fact that, this Thanksgiving break, I will be catching up on all the TV shows I have missed out on. Having a week off from school is an excellent way to gather your bearings mentally, just in time for final exams. I firmly believe that in order to succeed in your academics, it’s vital that you first take care of yourself.  


Do something you have been putting off:

With the busyness of school, it’s really easy to put things off that you personally want to accomplish. Prioritizing academics and my future has been an excuse for me when it comes to my personal goal of reading for pleasure. This Thanksgiving break, I plan to read a book or two and maybe do some other things that I quite haven’t had the time for during the semester.


Kick a bad habit:

Some students develop a poor habit during the semester, and for me that is my sleep schedule. This upcoming break I plan to fix that and hopefully be able to get on track when I come back to UMass. Being able to calibrate yourself during a week off is good for the mind and body. Whether it’s your procrastination, physical activity, or anything, Thanksgiving break is the perfect time to reground yourself.


In total, the fall recess is more than needed for many students. It helps students reconnect with missed family members, and even reconnect with themselves. I know that during my time off, I will do as much as I can to come back full steam ahead for the end of the semester.


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