The Winter break is soon approaching. While this is a busy time for most college students and families, with a little planning this time can be the most profitable time of the year. So here are some ideas to make your Winter break planning more profitable.
Spend Time with Family and Friends!
Winter break is a time to relax and catch-up. For many students, the rigors of the school semester keep them from enjoying the more pleasant things in life, such as: sleep, favorite home-cooked foods, childhood friends, family fun, etc. The Winter break is a great time to catch up on some of these fond events, or to enjoy a new event with family and friends. Use your Winter break to relax and enjoy.
Evaluate your Financial Plan!
Every family should develop a financial plan for each college year. The Winter break provides a great time to evaluate your financial plan. Here are a few areas where you will need to evaluate:
- The upcoming semester’s bill
- Books and other school supplies needed for the upcoming semester
- Spending money
- College Debt
Once you have identified any area over the past semester where you have spent money or incurred debt, it’s time to evaluate. Ask yourself a few questions:
- Are there any areas where you are out of balance with your initial plan?
- Is there any way to reduce expenses?
- Do you need to adjust your plan for the upcoming semester?
If you need to adjust your plan, the Winter break is a great place to adjust. Make an amended plan and start to follow that plan.
Build a Resume/Portfolio!
Another great way to enjoy your Winter break is to begin building or continue building your resume/portfolio. Spend some time recording any new skills that you may have learned over the past year. Make a written record and even provide some visual examples of this new skill. Create a detailed description and a brief description as you may need both depending upon the requirement. You can also create an online location to showcase these new experiences by photo, video or file.
Plan for the upcoming semester!
The Winter break is also a great time to get ready for the upcoming semester. You can get a head start on setting up your schedule. Have you already bought your books for the next semester? Why not do some book shopping to get the best price available. You can also check up on your school supplies. Now that you have at least one semester under your belt, you have a better understanding of what you need.
While some much needed rest is in order, if you are not careful you could miss a great opportunity over Winter break to get an early start on your next semester. So consider some of the planning ideas mentioned above to get the best financial, as well as academic and social, start for the upcoming semester.