Alas- after countless sleepless nights and cups of caffeinated beverages, I have made it to WINTER BREAK!
Woo-hoo! SIX WEEKS OF FREE TIME!
I’m sure most of you are eagerly looking forward to catching up on sleep and enjoying the holidays.
It might even seem ideal to hibernate on the couch and catch up on the latest episodes of The Walking Dead.
What about the rest of the break?
We have compiled a great to-do list on how to stay productive through this winter season!
SEARCH & APPLY FOR INTERNSHIPS
Put your academic coursework into a real-world work situation. There are plenty of internship opportunities for winter, spring and summer. If you’re staying in Baltimore, visit our Internship page http://baltimorecollegetown.org/internships
Get involved and give back to your communities. Serve at a soup kitchen, wrap gifts, tutor at the local elementary school or spend time with senior citizens at retirement homes. Start at Idealist.org and find volunteer opportunities near where you live.
GET A PART-TIME JOB
Stay busy and bring in the bucks. Some retailers are still stocking up on staff for the holiday shopping season. Try calling your summer job, maybe you can snag some hours during the break.
Learn about your career and research current salary trends. Who are the major employers in your industry? You can never know too much about your profession.
POLISH YOUR PORTFOLIO
Make your portfolio shine and organize your work samples – use assignments or projects from your classes. Make sure to edit and proofread your resume and cover letter. There are plenty of interview tips, resume and cover letter writing books on Amazon or your local B&N store.
CLEAN OUT YOUR INBOX
Yes, cleaning out your inbox of 2,472 emails can be a daunting task. Reduce online clutter and delete messages you don’t need! You can even archive old messages or sweep them into folders. Did you know, “Clean Out Your Inbox Week” is the last working week of January?
DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN
Enjoy holiday treats and spend time with family! This is a great time to plan a get-together party with old friends. Maybe pamper yourself to a massage and blow off the fall semester stress. After all, the winter break is all about YOU.
Baltimore Collegetown wishes you a safe holiday and winter break!
Samantha Lozano, Intern