5 Common Mistakes Students Make over Winter Break

5 common winter break mistakes students make

Winter break is absolutely a time for relaxing and recharging, especially after a busy semester. However, it can be all too easy to neglect a few crucial responsibilities over the break. Yeah, we know, we’re being buzzkills but we have a good reason! These are things a lot of people wished they would’ve done when they were students. So here are some of the most common mistakes students make over the break. (Also we’re so proud of you for spending your valuable winter break reading a blog post on an online STEM learning platform. Look at you being so responsible :D).

Staying Healthy

This is by no means us saying don’t enjoy all the festive meals, treats, and sweets that are around during the holiday season. After all, that’s part of what makes this season so merry! 

What we do want to say is to make sure you’re still working time in for physical and emotional health. Whether it’s going for a run in the morning, journaling, or just taking a few moments for mindful meditation. Starting a new school year (or a new career!) will be so much easier when you feel up to the task. Also, physical exercise is a great way to improve your mental health (since your brain generates the chemicals that makeup happiness during any physical exercise). You don’t have to go hard but just a little something each day to keep your health on track and ready to tackle what’s next. 

Forgetting to Actually, you know, REST

During the break, you’ll probably be planning a ton of activities and that is EXCELLENT! Go see your friends, ski, see movies, go sledding, take a road trip, and whatever else you’ve been wanting to do! Just make sure that you take time to sit back and actually relax. Too much stimulation can negatively impact your emotional health and you can end up feeling overwhelmed. Even if you’ve planned a bunch of activities you love it can become too much!

So sleep in, hang out on the couch, or just lay in bed. Make sure you have you-time and if anyone says otherwise, just tell them we said it’s fine. 

Ignoring Academic Preparation

While winter break is a time to take a break from schoolwork, it’s also an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming semester. Some students make the mistake of completely ignoring any academic-related tasks, such as reviewing previous materials or organizing study materials. We know this can be a fun-killer but take a minute to look at the syllabus to save yourself a semester of stress.

Overspending and Financial Stress

The holiday season often brings about the temptation to splurge on gifts and experiences. While we hope you enjoy those experiences (and we’re not here to shame anyone for their spending) it’s important to be mindful of your finances. Overspending can lead to financial stress when the break is over. Students should be mindful of their budget and find ways to enjoy the season without breaking the bank.

Missing out on Networking Opportunities

Winter break is not only a time for relaxation but also an opportunity to network and gain valuable experiences in professional settings. Some students make the mistake of missing out on internships, volunteer opportunities, or part-time jobs that could enhance their resumes and future career prospects.

The Wrap-Up

By being aware of these common mistakes, students can make the most out of their winter break while maintaining a healthy balance between relaxation and productivity. Remember to avoid procrastination, prioritize your health, rest and recharge, stay academically engaged, manage your finances wisely, and seize networking opportunities.

So, make the most of your winter break and return to classes feeling refreshed and ready to tackle new challenges!

Interested in more ways to stay ahead of the game in the upcoming year? Check out our other blog posts and you’ll be ready for anything!


  • Rob Shield

    Rob Shield is based out of Columbus, Ohio. As Numerade's copywriter, Rob uses their extensive background in education to inform and shape the topics and content posted to the blog for educators, parents, and students alike.