Spring Break: Cleaning Up and Getting Ahead

Like an anticipated reward for making it through the first half of the spring semester, students embrace Spring Break with great relief and visions of relaxation in mind (or in some cases, visions of vacation in mind).

However, Spring Break is an excellent and convenient gap of time to physically clean your living space; rejuvenate your mind and body; and get ahead or stay afloat in academic studies.

Personally, after cleaning my desk and my bedroom, I feel satisfied, refreshed, and more eagerly ready to work and study my materials. When my desk is without clutter, and without dust, it positively influences my thinking and my mood. My thoughts are less reflectively cluttered or disorganized, while my mood is calm and prepared to contently accomplish tasks. I advise to take the notion of ‘Spring Cleaning’ seriously, especially in dorms or apartments, where crowded nights and busy study-group afternoons can leave the cleanliness of an environment neglected. Before classes are back in session, move furniture around and sweep the abandoned corners of dirt and crumbs. Wipe down any desk(s) where studying takes place, and when finished, re-organize any notebooks, utensils, or gadgets that are resting out of order on the surface. When I step into a clean environment, with a new presentation of organization, I feel inspired and motivated into action.

Over Spring Break, I also suggest becoming more physically active (despite the recent snow) in an applicable and manageable way. Before working, studying, or gathering with colleagues, stretch and loosen any physical knots. Listen to soothing ambient music or meditate in order relax the mind (and simultaneously, stressed muscles). For a moment, disengage from social pressures; academic stresses; worries about a sub-par grade or the upcoming busy work shift in the morning. Whether this rejuvenation of the mind and body takes five minutes, or fifteen minutes, such dedicated time is time that makes a small and beneficial difference in the rhythm of the day. An aligned mind and body not only assists in executing studying without feeling physical aches and pressures, but assists in all aspects of life.

Finally, Spring Break serves three ultimate purposes as far as academics is concerned, while only two are majorly important and effective. Spring Break can be used to relax, step away from academics for the week, and return completely once classes begin. Or, more intelligently, Spring Break can be used to recover from a bad score or get ahead in a course. During free time, the break can be used to look over old chapter materials in order to detect and discover the reasons as to why a score is low or not as high as one might have expected. The break offers the chance to learn from this score; discuss the score with other fellow students through common material; and aspire to do better for the next assignment or project. On another note, the break can be used to get ahead on any homework assignments, readings, online classwork, or essays – so that perhaps, the week after Spring Break will not feel as heavy or hectic upon its return.

Conclusively, use Spring Break to your advantage – keeping in mind your personal needs; your type of schedule; your desires; your current health; and your free time. Remember to relax as needed, but do not neglect the convenience of the week and its available days. Balance your time and be smart and positive in making decisions.