Thursday, January 21, 2016

Making the Most of your Snow Day - HS Edition!

Hi everyone! I hope your week is going well and you are getting excited for the weekend ... I know I am!! Now that we are in the thick of winter, a lot of students across the nation will be facing Snow Days in the coming weeks and what's important is to make the most out of those Snow Days. They should be both relaxing and productive, so I have devised a schedule for a perfect snow day for all you high school students!

8:30 - 9:30am - Wake up, make breakfast and get ready for the day! Obviously, everyone wants to sleep in the morning of a Snow Day, so sleeping until 8-8:30 allows you to get some extra rest, while still being able to make the day productive. Make sure you change out of your pj's too, otherwise you will just want to lounge around all day. While you're eating breakfast, take your time to peruse your Facebook and Instagram so that you can dedicate the rest of the day to your projects and being productive!

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9:30 - 11:00am - Work on homework! A typical teenager, when there's the threat of a big snow storm will hold off doing their homework in hopes of getting that day off. So, use this time to work on those last-minute readings, assignments, and projects! If you already completed all your homework and started some projects, then use this time to read a book or catch up on some other projects around the house (cleaning your room, doing laundry, shoveling the driveway, emptying the dishwasher ... etc.)

11:00am - 12:00pm - Complete any college or scholarship applications that you started! If you've yet to submit your college application, take this time to do that today! You won't be interrupted and you can focus on proofreading your essay and making sure all of your information is correct in a quiet house. If you've submitted your application, take this time to search for scholarships at the universities you are interested in and through private organizations. If you need to, start a generic essay about your college goals, plans for the money, and how you give back to your community! (These are common topics on scholarship applications). Use this as your Chasing College time!

Check out my blog post on finding scholarships!

12:00 - 1:00pm - Fix lunch and catch up on your shows! If you've been really productive, then you will want to take a break to eat your lunch and watch tv! Make something simple like a sandwich with chips, a salad, or a box of mac&cheese, then sit down at your computer or tv and catch up on your favorite tv shows, vlogs, or watch part of a movie. This will help you relax and take a breather from a productive and thought-provoking morning!

1:00 - 2:15pm -  Dedicate this time to your hobby! If you want to go for a run on the treadmill, play with your dogs outside, practice your dance routines, or shoot some hoops in your garage; use this time to do that! You want to be productive in a school sense on your Snow Days, but you also want to be productive in the other areas of your life that matter. If you like to paint or draw, you can do that during this time too. Dedicate it to something constructive that you love to do!

2:15 - 3:15pm - Clean up the house! If you are anything like my sister and I when we were younger, we waited until the very last second to clean the house and do up the dishes before our parents came home from work. So take this time to do up the dishes, put all of your stuff back into your bedroom, and tidy up the living room and kitchen. Have the radio playing in the background and it will help keep you motivated while doing those chores!

3:15pm - 4:30pm - Finish up any of your homework that still needs to be completed! Let's face it, a majority of us wouldn't get up until 11:00am anyways on a Snow Day, so use this time for catching up on your homework or any projects if you woke up late. If you need to finish up some projects or found a great scholarship with an upcoming deadline you want to work on, then devote this time to finishing up those assignments and projects! If you're feeling adventurous, you can also use this time to start dinner for your family by making the salad or a side dish to go along with the meal!

4:30pm - Bedtime - Spend the rest of the evening with your family! Treasure this time where you all are home and indoors. Suggest doing a game night after dinner to keep everyone inside and out of the cold. You may also want to volunteer to do dishes or to help your mom or dad with a project they are working on! No matter what though, use this time to be with your family and be in the moment. Share something exciting that happened to you today, like getting a head start on that big research paper or finding a great scholarship you want to apply to! They would love to hear how productive your Snow Day was!!

A Snow Day should be both relaxing and productive for you, so use your time wisely and don't waste it by watching a million re-runs of Keeping up with the Kardashians or something on Netflix! For those of you on the East Coast, there's a snow storm coming today and the rest of the weekend, so let's all hope for a Snow Day tomorrow! Have a great weekend everyone!

enjoy the chase,

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