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Aguilar: Sem break

Against the current

AT THE onset of the MassKara Festival and the end of the first semester in most local colleges and universities, it is that time of the year where the young gets wild and free.

After five months of grueling academic pressures that got culminated by harrowing final exams, our college students are now taking a three- week semestral break.

To all our college students, congratulations for successfully traversing the first semester! But before you take off to your hometowns and before you do crazy things that you might regret for the rest of your lives, let me share to you some tips on how you can make the most out of your short break.

1. Have fun, but don’t be stupid! The sem break is a break from school, not a break from the law. In short, don’t do anything illegal and harmful either to your health or to others. Those stupid choices may be thrilling for a while, but its consequences are lasting. And it’s not going to be fun anymore for you.

One of the most tried and tested ways of having fun is getting into sports. So instead of watching too much tv, play basketball with old friends. For those who are living in the city

Whatever sport you are getting into, choose those that you are good at. Not only will you enjoy them, you also get your needed exercise and at the same time improve your mind and body coordination. Not to mention sports are the best molders of a person’s character and confidence.

2. There are no more alarm clocks, so take the extra hour of rest. You have been always on the go and are always in a hurry trying to meet deadlines and expectations, this time slow your phasing. Walk slower. Eat slower. It is good for the soul.

If you have to go somewhere, take the longer route. Enjoy the countryside, go to the beach and relax. Set aside projects and books that might consume your vacation or might stress you out. It may seem like you are wasting your time, but in the long run a well-rested student has a better chance of reaching to the finish line of the school year.

3. Make yourself useful on house chores. It would not take ten minutes to clean your room after you wake up, or wash your dishes after you eat. Yet those little help are greatly felt and appreciated by your overworked parents.

Helping out on house chores also promote harmonious family relationships. Remember, happy parents are generous parents. For all you know, those little efforts might just give you your much awaited increase on school allowance.

Keep in mind that sem break is just a break, and it usually ends even before you know it.

On that note, have a happy vacation!


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