Winter break is here for most students which usually means binge-watching Netflix shows, hanging out with friends (pre-COVID anyone?), sleeping in until 10, and enjoying the holiday festivities. For many, specifically juniors and seniors in high school, winter break can be a time used to make themselves more competitive for college applications. For students who are already in college, it can be a great time to gain more experience, prepare for graduate school, and more. How you may ask? Well here’s the list:
It’s always good to give back to our community, and what better way than by volunteering? You can work at an animal shelter, an elderly home, a community center, and much more. This is not only rewarding for you personally, but this can provide you with great networking opportunities as well as a resume booster. Colleges like to see a student who volunteers as it represents a strong character that cannot be solely portrayed through words alone. Our actions are very important and what we do in our spare time speaks volumes about who we are.
Partake in an internship
You may be wondering if an internship is even possible during the 2 to 3 week-long winter break period. Since COVID, companies have started to host micro-internships. These internships can range from one project to a month-long duration. This not only gives students the opportunity to experience a range of different fields, but it also prevents a semester-long commitment to something they may not enjoy. If you complete a couple of micro-internships during the winter break, that will be two extra notches you can add to your belt (and resume!)
Polish up your resume
During the school semester, there’s so much to do that it can be hard to find the time to update and format your resume. During the winter break would be a perfect time to do so! Ensuring that you have a professional, detailed resume is imperative when applying for college and/or a job. A quick tip: if you’re struggling to layout your resume manually, try and download a template or get inspiration online. Be careful with templates though – they can be redundant (meaning a lot of other people use them) and this won’t make you stand out from your competition.
Making your resume as unique as possible is recommended, although, be wary of making it too colorful or artsy. It is known that an employer only reads your resume for 30 seconds before deciding whether to proceed, so focus on the information first, and then the layout, and then adding in some pop of color. You don’t want an employer distracted by a bunch of flowers or a huge picture for example.
Get a head start on a course
Although this may sound extremely boring and the last thing you’d want to do during your break, getting a head start in a class may be extremely beneficial for you. Let’s say you’re in high school and you’re not doing so well in Geometry. Now’s the time to get a tutor who can give you one-on-one, personalized assistance. You’ll most likely be able to understand what you missed and be fully prepared for the upcoming semester.
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