The festive season is upon us! Time to relax, unwind and enjoy hot chocolate in front of the fireplace. If you still have assignments and revision to do over the winter period then be sure to make regular breaks (for tea and sweet treats!) and still enjoy your time off.
There are many ways which can ensure that you make the most out of the break and find a balance between studying and having fun.
In my first year when I was staying in halls, we had a Christmas meal and Secret Santa exchange before we all went home. This is a really nice idea to bond with flatmates and make memories, as well as make the place feel more cozy and homely.
It is a good opportunity to catch up on revision or reading whilst you have the time off from uni. During some of our time off, myself and a friend would agree to work on our assignments for an hour and then stop to watch a festive movie. This was another great way to get studying done and then have a nice break away from the computer and unwind.
Whilst I was in my second year I worked as a Youth Mentor at the Hive, we put on lots of activities for the young people who attended during the holidays which was lots of fun as a part time job.
Another great idea is to decorate your bedroom – especially if you are living in halls. I made snowflakes and paper chains out of leftover wrapping paper and stuck them up all around my bedroom (and also in the communal living room which really pleased my housemates!)
Spend some time baking – this is fun, cheap and a great way to relax. Plus homemade mince pies, gingerbread and chutneys make great gifts!
My favourite part of the festive holidays as a student was visiting the Victorian Market in Worcester, it made a great day out with friends and it was a good excuse to drink hot chocolate and eat fudge! Definitely explore your surroundings at university during the winter period before you head home for the holidays!