For most of the HackCollege readers, spring break is right around the corner. For me, I’m halfway done with break. As I write this, I’m sitting in the Animal Kingdom section of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida looking at the animals from the room that I’m in. I think it goes without saying that I’ve hacked my spring break fairly well. This article serves as a mini guide of ways to spend your spring break.


Spending time working for free for the benefit of people other than yourself is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling activities that you can do over break. Your college may even offer some sort of trip to a different location for the duration of the break where you’ll be doing work for free. Take them up on the offer.

Giving to others is one of the best things that you can do for yourself in the long run. You build character, a sense of others, and you gain an appreciation of life in general.

Catch Up On Reading

This could mean anything: read a novel, read articles that you found online and bookmarked for future reading, read some poetry (because why not?) The point is: read something. Anything. It doesn’t matter what you’re majoring in or what your interests are, find something that you like and read it for a while.

The best part of this one is that you can do it anywhere. From the couch, from your bed, from the coffee shop, anywhere. It’s important to read things that will help us learn so that our minds can stay sharp in periods of little mental challenge.

Do Your Taxes

You’ve got to learn how to do it sooner or later. Why not figure it out while you’re still in college? Even if you have someone help you, it’s good to figure it out for the future purposes.

According to Benjamin Franklin: “The only thing certain in life is death and [paying] taxes.” Mine as well do them now, right? You’ll be set for the rest of your life.

Organize Your Life

With the end of spring break comes that strong longing for those summer months of sunny weather and no classes. For most students, that time is very shortly after your spring break. With that being said, use your time off to organize your life. Make one big to-do list of things that you need to get done by the end of the school year, and another to-do list of things that you want to do over the summer break. Sure this seems like a crappy way to spend your spring break, but if you’re trying to work with a college student’s budget, it might be the best way to spend it.

On another note, many people set lofty goals for themselves as far as things that they want to get done in the summer months but then never get around to doing them. Avoid that by planning effectively right now. You can’t go wrong there, and you can add/subtract things from the list in the meantime.

Do Nothing

There really is much more I can add to this category. Do absolutely, positively nada, zero, zilch, zip with your time. It’s the best thing that you can do to reset your mind and recharge your body.

What are some other things that you can spend time doing for your spring break? How will you spend yours?

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