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9 Things To Do Now That Finals Are Over

By Katie Middleton –

It's been a long semester of homework and projects and we've finally made it through finals week - congratulations! Here are 9 things you can do to help kick-start your break now that finals are over and really get into some relaxation and holiday spirit.

1. Grab your favorite hot beverage and snuggle up with a good (non-class related!) book.

Whether it's coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, there's very few things that are better than a hot drink on a cold day and a good book to snuggle up with. Read a favorite book or one you've been wanting to read but haven't had the time to get to yet.

2. See some neighborhood Christmas lights.

They're everywhere this time of year and it's amazing to see what people and even whole neighborhoods come up with. Load up into your car with some friends and some good tunes and go check 'em out.

3. Get in some quality time with family, friends, and pets.

The holidays are a time to be with friends and family and whether you're from out of state or from San Antonio it's always a struggle to find time to spend with family and friends during the semester. Enjoy your time with them over the break and get in some good pets and pats to your doggo or other furry friends.


4. Veg out on the couch just a bit. 

Load up the latest episodes of your favorite shows on Hulu or some of your latest binging show on Netflix and settle in. You've made it through another semester and through four or more classes of finals - you've earned it.

5. Cook up some delicious latkes.

Hanukkah is here and so are these beautiful, golden brown potato beauties. Who can say no to potatoes. My new motto is "Potatoes make the world go round." Who am I kidding - that's always been my motto.

6. Light a fire in the fireplace and watch a kitschy holiday classic.

Who can resist a good fire in December? Get one going and turn on a good holiday classic movie on the t.v. - you won't have to flip through many channels to find one this time of year I'm sure.

7. Learn to cook something new.

Now that you've got free time on your hands take a moment to learn a new skill in the kitchen. Learn how to make a new side dish or desert that you can whip out for holiday parties. If you're at home for the break test out your new skills on your family - everyone loves to have someone cook for them - just make sure to clean any mess in the kitchen when you're done!

8. Take some time to organize your living space.

I'll be the first to admit that during the semester I can get a little lax on putting things in their proper place and letting piles of papers and such pile up - we all know the chair - you know, the one that has clothes piled up almost as tall as your little brother? Take the time to clean up your room or apartment and bask in that glow of accomplishment and adultness.

9. Finally, get cozy with some blankets and take that nap you've been thinking about since November.

You been dreaming about this nap for weeks now. It is time.


About Katie

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Katie Middleton is a senior at Trinity University majoring in Ancient Mediterranean Studies. She is also pursuing minors in History and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. She studied abroad in Athens, Greece and hopes to do more world traveling before pursuing a graduate degree. She writes and edits for the Trinity Experiential Learning and Trinity Perspective blogs and is a member of Trinity’s Sigma Theta Tau social sorority.

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