How to Spend Winter Break Effectively

For those of you not going through recruitment, which starts on January 3, 2018, you have over three weeks of winter break. Even if you are going through recruitment, you have three weeks of no school work or class, which ultimately means free time and relaxation. That’s a long time to at home, especially from constantly studying and being on the move to going home without weekly meetings, classes, and assignments.

I’m sure you will have plenty of time on your hands. This being said, there will be a lot of free time to take advantage of.

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Here are some tips on how to spend winter break effectively:

Look into the spring and summer internship/research opportunities that Furman provides. If you are interested in a research opportunity, reach out to your advisor or a mentor that you have to see what there is available for you.

Check out and see if you are interested in applying to the Freeman Foundation. The Freeman Foundation was established at Furman to support students in the opportunity of experiencing an international internship in East or Southeast Asia for the summer. This experience is supported by the Furman Advantage and is one that you definitely do not want to turn down.

Visit Furman’s page on finding internships available. Whether it is an internship in the Greenville area, or across the country, Furman can help with networking and seeing what is available for your best interest. Even, reach out to the internship office and make an appointment for after winter break. They would be willing to meet with you to discuss your ideas and goals to find the best internship for you out there.

Are you interested in studying abroad for a semester? Applications for semester study abroad programs are due January 22, 2018. Visit the page to learn more information on the trips, the academic aspects, and more about the application process.

With all of this in mind, it’s important to remember while all of these amazing opportunities out there for Furman students, you have to put yourself out there and apply. Be confident and don’t be afraid. These opportunities won’t come to you unless you do something about it.

Spend an afternoon or two in your local coffee shop at home and start to make connections and crank out those applications.

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This time during break will allow you to dedicate your focus on your future. You never know what doors these opportunities can open for you.

Enjoy the holidays with your friends and family. Before you know it, we will be back on campus at the beginning of the New Year.
Don’t forget, #imyourPALauren



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