Friday September 30, 2016

5 Keys to a Great Fall Break

By Tony Narducci

               It feels as though it has come so fast. Feels like yesterday I moved into my house in the student neighborhood, and now it is almost time for fall break, and my last one. I am lucky enough to be able to go to Las Vegas with my best friends. Even though I’m very excited to go, it’s the first time I won’t be going home or just staying on campus for the break. Wow, that’s crazy to think about. After my test this afternoon, I began to think about some of the most important things to do during fall break, especially if it is your first time home after moving into college. With that being said, here are my top 5 most important things to do when you go home for the first time since beginning school.

1)      Do everything you can to connect with your old high school friends.

Although many students stay in contact with their friends from high school, it is incredibly important to see them a bit and check in on them. Given how life changes and sometimes you lose connection with your high school friends, seeing them and being able to catch up will help you along the way. I think we can all agree that hanging out with your friends in person and texting/calling them on the phone is so much different. You can really connect and talk, maybe even stay a night at their college with them and get to know their new friends. You can never meet or know enough people, there is always more out there for you.

2)      Roam around your city or town

To me, this is the most important thing to do when you’re home on break. The first time I went back to Minnesota, I really wanted to walk around the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis to remember how special they both were. Especially growing up your whole life in a city, you really need to just be reminded of where you came from and reminisce on some of your memories. It’s a time to clear your head and be grateful.

3)      See as many relatives as you can

This may seem a little silly, but it’s incredibly important to see all the relatives you possibly can over the course of a couple days. I learned this first hand to be one of the most important, as I unfortunately lost my grandpa when I was a Sophomore at UD, and regret not spending more time with him over the breaks that I was back in Minnesota. I’m also lucky that all of my family lives in one area. Just ensure to see as many of them as possible.

4)      Eat!

When you get home, I promise you that your mother will have an amazing home cooked meal set up for you, or they’ll want to take you out to eat. It’ll be immediately when you walk in the door and after you talk to your parents. Make sure you eat all that good home cooked food and eat at your favorite restaurant in the area. It’s a must!

5)      Spend time with your parents and siblings

This is a little similar to spending time with relatives, but when you go home be sure to spend a lot of time in that house you grew up with and the parents who have supported you since day one. They miss you a lot, and I promise you that even though it might be nice for the parents that are now empty nesters. 

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