If the thought of heading back to your hometown for winter break has you bummed out, you’re not alone. Leaving college friends, obeying parental rules if you’re still living with them, and negotiating the family drama that holidays bring out is never fun. If you’re staying on campus, there might not be that many people around. Even the welcome break from school can get a little boring after a week of catching up on TV that you’ve missed.

If this sounds like you, take advantage of winter break to be productive by picking up a winter project. Ideally, it’s something that you don’t have the time or resources to do during the school year. You might finally move all of your files to the cloud, write that piece of software you keep saying you’ll make, or scan all of your paper notes so you can recycle them. If you want to stay away from the computer, you can learn to bake bread or play the ukelele. I’m going to be trying to publish an ebook that I’ve been messing with off and on. The project itself doesn’t actually matter much, so long as it’s something you want to do for yourself and you will be able to do while you’re away from school.

One of the best/worst things about school is that you’re so immersed in it that you completely forget about outside hobbies, interests, or activities. Even if you love your major, this can be a recipe for a somewhat lopsided person. Winter break projects give you a chance to break out of that rut and round yourself out in a way that few college students do.

What’s your winter break project? Do you have an old one you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!

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