How to have an effective fall break


Fall Break – Photo courtesy of BGSU

Megan Finke and Megan Finke

Fresh out of midterms, BGSU students are rewarded with a fall break; an additional two days off on Oct. 14 and 15. This four day weekend is a great time to catch a break and take some time doing things you enjoy. 

Last year, BGSU gave students wellness days, which were singular days off in the middle of a school week. Though these changes are due to COVID-19 regulations and precautionary measures, long periods for students to rest and recuperate is important. 

As a third-year student at BGSU, I have seen months-long holiday breaks to mandatory days-off from classes. The university does a good job of making sure they give students some time off, but which is the most effective remains a mystery. 

With fall break coming up, I have a few tips and tricks to share that will help you have an effective fall break. First things first: close your computer and don’t open it until the end of the weekend.

Enjoy your hobbies

School can be very busy, that is something every student knows. It’s important to spend time doing things you enjoy. This could be anything: painting, skating, reading, exercising and even playing video games. Fall break is all about taking a break from school, so sit back and enjoy something you like to do.

Get some fresh air

Go outside and go for a walk, it’s one of the best things you can do to get your mind off any stressors. If you’re staying in Bowling Green, go to one of the local parks like Wintergarden or visit any metropark in Toledo before the winter weather moves in. If you’re going home, definitely take some time to get fresh air and move around after your travels.

Keep your backpack closed

Even though we have a few days off, some may think it’s a great time to catch up on work. I’ll admit that it is time that can be used for school, but that’s not a good idea. Maybe take one day out of the four to take a look at some homework, but also take time to relax. If not, chances are you’ll burn out and not finish the semester strong.

Treat yourself

After all of your hard work, it’s important to treat yourself. Anything can be considered “treating yourself,” including just taking the time to relax. Go out and buy yourself something you want. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but make it something that brings you joy, even if it’s just an ice cream cone.