There can be a lot happening right now if you are staying on campus for holiday break. Whether it is restrictions on traveling due to the pandemic and vaccinations, money issues, family drama…the list can go on. You can still have a good time for the holidays, even if you are not going home. Take this time while you are not bombarded with work and the extra stress of deadlines to relax. If you are over the age of 21, take this time to have a drink and celebrate all of your accomplishments from Fall semester as well! You are one step closer to getting your degree and you should be proud of yourself. You are doing great! Here are some ideas to keep the festive cheer alive while you are on campus!
Make a Gingerbread House
I always admire everyone’s posts on social media but never have actually made one myself. Every year I tell myself I will get around to it and I never do. However, if you are staying on campus this year, I invite you to try one! You can get them from Target, Walmart, or your local grocery store.
Hot Cocoa and a Christmas Classic
Grab your favorite hot cocoa mix, a festive mug, a cozy blanket and turn on your favorite Christmas movie! Netflix has released a ton of movies for this year and so have other streaming services. Tip: if you have Spotify—you get a discount if you are a student along with free Hulu with ads! If you know someone else on campus, invite them over for a movie night.
Travel With Your Roommate or Other Friend(s)
If you know anyone that commutes to your school, you can ask them about coming with them or going somewhere over break! Depending on where you live and the weather, there are plenty of options. You could take a day trip to a museum or art gallery as well. Even if it is just going to your friend’s house for dinner or going ice skating for the day…it is important not to isolate yourself.
Decorate Your Dorm
Now that it is getting closer to Christmas, decorations are already getting discounted. You can go to your local thrift store or look on Facebook Marketplace. You can also join groups that have free stuff to give away so you can decorate your dorm for little to no cost at all! Refer to this last article about how to make your desk more festive if you want to go all out!
Relax and Reflect
As we approach the new year of 2022, take the time to reflect and be grateful. Write down all of the good, positive memories that you have experienced in 2021 and put them in a little jar. Or you can use a journal. Take the time to relax and know that despite everything that has happened this year—you made it. Let’s celebrate and manifest an even better new year!