Katherine George

Silhouette Staff


Reading Week is the perfect time to become reacquainted with some much needed rest and relaxation. For some, it’s just enough for a mini holiday getaway, but for those who are vacationing at home, it doesn’t have to be as boring as it seems.

Realistically, it’s no sunny beach with palm trees and fruity drinks, but it’s a great opportunity to be selfish and take some time to invest in you.

An entire week of freedom from the daily routine of class and due dates is the perfect period to indulge in activities that will help you get organized in every other aspect of your life, mentally, physically and emotionally.

Time away from a hectic school schedule allows some freedom to partake in the leisurely activities that may not normally be attainable during the school semester.

It is important to keep somewhat busy, though, especially for those whose friends have retreated to a more southern location for the week while the only rays you’re catching are the florescent ones from your ceiling light.

A great strategy to keep preoccupied is to plan events or small trips with other friends who have also stayed home for Reading Week.

For example, schedule a day of relaxation at the spa with a friend, family member or even a significant other.

Reward yourself for all the sweat and tears you pour into school work throughout the semester and unwind. Indulging in a manicure, pedicure and massage will surely make it difficult to be upset about not being away on vacation.

A little less expensive of an outing would be to go for a casual dinner with friends, drinks at a nearby restaurant or even just a laid-back trip to the movies. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, plan a beach-themed party for you and your friends at home. This way, you can still share the fun of partying in the tropics, even if it is simply in the comfort of your own home.

Invest some time into getting in shape. Exercising is another activity that may not always be at the top of the to-do list during the school semester, so schedule a workout plan for.

Exercising builds confidence, and it keeps your mind active and body healthy.

In addition, take the chance to reconnect with family.

Family is an important aspect of a person’s life and often school takes away from scheduling in this essential time. A great way to repay your parents for all the hard work they invest in you is to take a night to plan and cook dinner for your family. If you’re not much of a cook, you could simply put together a movie night or game night.

Lastly, plan ahead for the rest of the school semester by getting a head start on assignments and reading. This may not seem like the most fun activity to occupy you during Reading Week, but it will pay off later on in the semester.

Vacationing at home might not give you the bronzed tan you were hoping for, but it definitely has some alternative benefits that could be just as fun and relaxing.


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