As the fall 2021 semester ends, Webster University students are preparing for winter break.
Whether it includes celebrating holidays, traveling with friends and family or just relaxing, everyone could use some time off. How will the Journal staff spend that time?
I always plan to spend breaks catching up on my games backlog, spending time with friends and relaxing by myself. By the end of every break, I’m lucky if I accomplish one of those goals.
Not getting everything done won’t stop me from enjoying winter break – after all, what’s the point of a stress-free break if you fill it with a rigid schedule? Hopefully, I’ll use my time more efficiently this year, though. I’m happy to have any time with friends whatsoever, but with many of my friends graduating soon, I want to spend as much time with them as possible.
If nothing else, I’ll at least dig into some games I’ve been waiting to play. My top priority is the Psychonauts series, which has been on my radar for years. I could also return to games I didn’t finish, whether that’s because I got distracted by other commitments (“Final Fantasy VII”) or because I was mind-numbingly bored (“Pokemon Shining Pearl”).
I usually use the four weeks off school to de-stress, catch up on books, movies or shows and attempt to make grandiose New Year’s resolutions. Typically, I end up forgetting all about the reading and watching TV and bettering myself; every day these next four weeks I will probably be staying in bed until noon and spending my days scrolling through YouTube.
By the time we have come back from winter break, I hope to have learned the secrets of the universe and the meaning to life, or possibly find aliens. Ask me again in a month if I have found the answers by browsing YouTube and sleeping.
I hope to take winter break as a time to de-stress: to spend time with long-time friends, to celebrate the holidays with family and to curl up in bed with a newly discovered “Avatar” book.
It will be my last semester at Webster University when we return for the spring, so I am hoping to start new holiday traditions with the friends I have found at the university.