How to Make the Most of Reading Week



No tropical vacation planned? Not to worry, there is still plenty to be done and distractions are not an option. We all know the usual routine, once we arrive home from that last class at the start of spring break, we take a deep breath in and before we know it, it’s over! Try to take precaution and use everyday carefully to ensure that it doesn’t seem like it’s over before it has even started. Here are a few tips to make the most of your spring break, take a look:

1)    Ok, so maybe The Bahamas isn’t in the short-term forecast, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan a weekend trip of a day trip with friends somewhere close by. The States is only a little over an hour away (New York State) and changing one’s scenery can do wonders for your morale…go for it! Take a road trip or hop on a bus or train, you won’t regret it and maybe you will be inspired!

2)    Your body, mind and soul need recuperation from the long and often time stressful days of school – waking up early, constant studying and meeting deadlines has taken a toll on all of us, reclaim what is yours – two months worth of rest! Get reacquainted with your pillow and don’t feel guilty about sleeping in, you need it now more than ever.

3)    Once you’re all rested up, make an end-of-semester schedule. You want to go back to school ready to take on the remaining challenges well equipped. If you’re prepared enough in advance you can even manage to begin (or dare I say, finish) the majority of your assignments before their due dates. There are 168 hours in 7 days…you can afford to take a couple of those hours to get a head start on your work – don’t procrastinate!

4)    Take a day to yourself – you deserve it. Spoil yourself by heading out to a spa, salon or even a day of shopping…you can’t have your head in the books all the time, now can you?

5)    Figure out your next big move – whether it be a career move or which summer classes you plan to take (most courses are up on Minerva by this time). Since you have some time off, now it is the best moment to organize your thoughts. Map them out or write up a list of “to do” items once you return to McGill or your job. Get organized.

February is like the ‘Wednesday’ of your winter semester…in other words, it’s like the “hump day.” Once you’ve gotten over it, it doesn’t seem so bad after all. Now that it’s over – the sun will come out again and our morale and spirits will begin shining as bright as the much-desired rays of sun. Stay focused on your goals, make time for your studies and rest up…if you do so, you will definitely achieve your objectives this semester. Good luck on getting through the last few weeks of semester!




“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”

-Robert H. Schuller


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