Congratulations! We’ve survived finals week!

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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

VOLUNTEER

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.

INVESTIGATE CAREERS

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.

What are your plans this winter break? Voice them out on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Baltimore Collegetown wishes you a safe holiday and winter break!

Samantha Lozano, Intern

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