The Stages of Winter Break

Whether you’re a connoisseur of knowledge and aspire to devour every word uttered by each professor or someone who believes that “B’s get degrees,” it is certain that counting down to winter break is a habit that has been engrained in your mind since your started your academic career.

When the swarms of exams have closed, the presentations made, and the projects have been handed in, there is a sense of freedom that fills the campus. It’s time: winter break – an almost month long experience that allows aspiring marketing professionals, financial analysts, engineers, and medical students to rest their minds.

Initially, the break feels like the gates of heaven have opened and there is a part of you that believes that you can “catch up” on the sleep you have lost all semester.

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Photo: Surviving College

And then it finally hits you that all your friends are also home for the holidays and you can grab drinks or coffee and catch up on life.

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Photo: Tumblr

Life is grand because instead of eating decent processed food, you can now enjoy mother’s homemade cooking that has been laced with love, which you suspect is why you are devouring everything in sight.

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Photo: Tumblr

Instead of staying up into the wee hours of the night, you can now binge watch your favorite shows and get good use out of your Amazon Instant, Netflix, or Hulu subscription.

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Then relatives start coming and suddenly you have a million new presents and you’re meeting family members you forgot you had.

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Photo: Cursive Content

But then the relatives leave and you still have another two weeks. To kill time, you decide to download random apps for entertainment. Apps you would rather not admit to, like…

Photo: Tinder

Photo: Tinder

And then you run out of things to do, so you decide you’re going to accomplish all those New Years resolutions like working out more.

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Photo: Google

So you try to be a good sibling and hang out with your brother or sister in hopes that you two will finally become best friends. But they’re not really interested.

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Photo: CDN

But then, you look at the calendar and you realize that winter break is finally coming to an end and soon you’ll be back on campus with your friends and promise of freedom.

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Photo: Google

Even though you know returning to campus means you have papers every week, project deadlines to meet and exams to study for, you also know that your college years are some of the best years of your life. As much as you enjoy the time with your family and chatting with friends from other schools, nothing beats returning home to your own apartment or dorm room.

After all, we both know New Years Eve is a whole lot more fun when you’re with your friends from college and you don’t have to shamefully return home to your parents’ house. 

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