5 Tips for College Students to Stay Productive During the Holidays

by Kelly Long on December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays! I want to wish everyone happiness during this holiday season and the very best for 2010!

The video above highlights 5 tips for college students during the holiday season; you can also read them below.  But I know y’all want to see what I’m doing in a Buffalo Bills Santa hat … so watch the video!

5 Tips for College Students over the Holidays

It’s easy to fall into the relaxed mode of Holiday break … Sleeping in late, hanging out with friends – the list goes on.  While you have a little free time, think about these 5 things.

  • Spend an hour a day exploring tools like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.  Start connecting with professionals in your field or industry and thinking about the ways you can use these tools to help your career and develop a voice in your field.
  • Think about internships! January starts a new budget for most companies, so do your research and position yourself – you just may find a paid internship.  If not in January, start looking into companies or career paths you would like to explore when classes let out in May.
  • It’s vacation – but keep yourself stimulated! Work part-time, babysit little munchkins … even going to the gym! Anything to keep yourself in some sort of routine.  It will pay off in a few weeks when the structure of classes starts up again.
  • Look for opportunity to build your resume while you have the time.  You can participate in seminars or webinars, take a local course at the community college or even volunteer.  These are all great ways to reach out into community and make yourself a more attractive candidate when the internship or job search begins.
  • Finally (and the most important!) enjoy time with your family and friends. It’s the holiday season .. make it merry!

PS: There is a 6th tip.  But you’ll have to watch the video ;) Happy Holidays!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa Rosendahl December 26, 2009 at 6:37 am

Great tips, great video and ummm, happy holidays to you Kelly!

Bingbing Xue December 27, 2009 at 9:06 am

Are you in Buffalo? Weather looks good!
Nice tips & nice video! But the holiday only got 2 weeks, because we use quarter system in RIT. So it might be a little bit hard to get a short intern….
Anyway, like you said, try to get something to make myself simulated, have a nice holiday!

Tracy December 28, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Great tips Kelly! :)

I say ‘umm’ a lot too. Something we all can work on… I think the video was great!

Kelly Mitton December 28, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Thanks Lisa! Happy Holidays to you as well. :)

Bob Coniglio December 29, 2009 at 3:48 am

Great tips! Happy Holidays!

Kelly Mitton December 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Bingbing – The video was taken in Phoenix, AZ … much different from the Buffalo snow I am used to! Some colleges do only have two weeks for holiday, however some have well over a month of vacation between semesters. These are things that you can try to dedicate time to throughout the year as well – not just on break! :)

Kelly Mitton December 29, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Thanks Tracy! Sometimes the first (and hardest) step is just becoming aware. :)

Kelly Mitton December 29, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Thanks Mr. C! Hope you’re enoying the snow and holidays in Buffalo :)

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