Important Things to Do Before Winter Break

MUST-Do-Things-Before-Winter-Break

Right now you might be overwhelmed with the tasks you still have to do before college winter break – finals, packing, Christmas presents… However, to successfully end this semester and start the new one happily and healthily, there is a list of crucial things you simply must do before the winter break.

Make Sure All Tasks Are Completed

With so many things on your syllabi, it’s really easy to miss out something, so you have to make sure you’ve turned everything in before the grading period starts. At this stage, the to-do list includes filling out your course evaluations, putting your books on sale, and writing thank you notes to your favorite professors. In a nutshell, successful wrapping up of this semester will help you ensure the easy start of the next one. So try not to leave loose ends! Here’s a good checklist that you might find useful:

  • Check the syllabi to see if anything stands out

  • Email thank you notes to the professors you liked the most to pave the way for future communication

  • Begin selling the books you do not need anymore

  • See if you have returned all books to the library

Pack Up the Valuable Possessions

Leaving your valuable things in the dorm room for winter holidays is not a good idea – in case of a theft or damage to the building your possessions will be vulnerable since there will be no one to keep an eye on them. So you might want to take good care of the things you need, whether they are expensive (like laptop or jewelry) or simply important to you (for example, family photos).

  • Think about a safe way to transport your laptop

  • Pack all other valuable possessions, for example, jewelry or cash.

Check the Dates

Before leaving the college premises, check the dates when the campus closes and opens. It’s a good idea to put the dates down somewhere in your notebook or smartphone. You need this to make the necessary arrangements while booking flights or hotels in case you will have to stay somewhere before the campus opens. Finally, check the logistics to protect yourself from unexpected situations. Some things to do:

  • Check the dates the residence halls close and open during the break

  • Go through your travel itineraries to avoid surprises

  • Make the arrangements in case any of the above dates influence your travel plans

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