How Students Can Make the Most of End-of-Term Break

End-of-term break gives you a well-earned respite from the classroom. But getting a break from school doesn’t mean you can’t use the time wisely. It can give you time to put things in order before taking the leap to university, get advice and help from family and friends, and even keep your brain active before returning to school.

Challenge yourself to tackle the following tasks during break:

Complete university applications (Grade 12). You can finalize your university choices and complete applications in time for regular submission deadlines, most of which are in January and February.

Dig into that college essay (Grade 12). It’s an important part of the college application process and requires a lot of thought and planning, so why not spend time away from the classroom to write a draft or two? Winter break might be a great time for family or friends to offer advice on the essay or even proofread the content.

Complete some test prep (Grades 11 and 12). You prepare for ACT test content in the classroom, but you can use break to prepare for the testing experience. Take a practice test or two. Use the time to dive into free or paid test prep tools from ACT.

Get advice from family (All Students). Break is a great time to gather advice during family meals and holiday events. Turn family members into resources—ask about their university experience, lessons learned, job market trends, and even ask them to be references for university and job applications.

Talk to friends enrolled at university (All Students). Remember: it’s break time for university students, too. Talk to them about their experiences so far, ask about classes and what they’ve learned, and get advice on narrowing down university choices and majors.

Read a book or two (All Students). That’s right—crack open a book and read for fun. Never stop learning!