How to Be Productive During Break
by Samantha Bruno-Tello, High School Student
Yay! Break is finally here, which means lots of sleep, lots of food and lots of free time. After stressing over finals, it's understandable to want to relax and lounge for a bit- but you also want to be productive. At least, I do. It's easy to get lazy. But this month off is a great time to catch up on work and prepare yourself for the next semester so all the work on your plate doesn't start snowballing.
1. Try Applying for Scholarships and Internships!
I know, it might seem repetitive, but if you're in college- or thinking about starting college- you're going to want all the money you can get to help pay tuition. Anything helps. Whenever you're not out or busy with family, try researching some scholarships you could apply for or internships in your area. It's much easier to do this during your downtime than to try and cram it in once classes start, or not do it at all. Lazy to do all the research? Hit up your Money Mentor, or go sign up for one now! They can help you find scholarships and internships specialized for you based on your responses.
2. Plan out your next semester's schedule.
By now, you probably already registered for your Spring Semester classes. To make your life a lot easier for the next few months, map out your weekly schedule and make a list of important things you need to do before the semester ends! Knowing when you're free or when you need to get things done by helps make things progress a lot smoother.
3. Set up a budget for next year!
Have trouble saving money? Same. If you've never tried one out before, give budgeting a try. Mapping out where your money is currently going as well as where it should be going can help you stop throwing money away on unnecessary things.
4. Set goals for yourself.
Make sure this next year is one of your bests and most productive! Try setting smaller goals that you know you can achieve first, then branching out into larger ones. For example, if your main big goal is to save $300 per month, try setting smaller goals like save $10 per day.
5. Try volunteering.
It's always nice to get out of your house once in a while when the weather's nice to help people out. There are usually shelters and food pantries always busy, especially during this time of the year. Plus, volunteering helps you feel a lot better about yourself, which is always a plus.