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As this interesting fall semester comes to a close, some of you may be wondering how you should spend the glorious six weeks of winter break that are rapidly approaching. Luckily, there are many different ways that you can spend your time, and here are just a few suggestions.

  1. First and foremost, sleep for a minimum of 15 hours straight to recover from the pain of this past semester. It’s no secret that this semester was full of changes and stress. We all deserve plenty of Z’s. Plus, this is a great way to avoid other people and do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

  1. Make sure to bring up politics often, including at most meals. Your family will be so excited to hear all of your politically-charged opinions while eating turkey or ham. Remember to keep it civil, and try not to throw your grandmother’s antique gravy boat across the dining room. 

  1. Read a book, for fun? It is almost impossible to find time to actually read a book for enjoyment during the busy semester. This winter break, take some time to read something that you find intriguing.

  1. Drive around your hometown, just for old time’s sake. I know you did this in high school when there was nothing else to do, so you might as well take a drive down memory lane and cruise around your old stomping grounds. Props to you if you sit in your high school parking lot and reminisce on all those ‘good times’ you had at your alma mater.

  1. Make a pillow fort with your best friends and watch a cheesy Hallmark movie. You do need to make sure the fort is large enough for you to socially distance as you enjoy spending time in a cozy, small enclosed space with little air circulation. Don’t forget the hot chocolate with marshmallows. 

  1. Support your favorite local restaurant by ordering take-out. Many local businesses have been suffering lately, and it is always nice to enjoy a delicious meal at home in front of the TV.

  1. Play with your family pet. If you have a pet at home, I am sure you have missed them very much, and they (hopefully) missed you too. What’s better than cuddling the family dog, cat or lizard for six weeks straight? Make sure to give them plenty of love and attention. Also, check out me and my dog on page three as the “Heard on the Web.”

No matter how you spend your winter break, make sure that you congratulate yourself on surviving fall 2020, a crazy election and a pandemic. Go easy on yourself, be kind to those around you and enjoy the holiday season, Bobcats.

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