Health & Wellness
6 ways to make the most of your reading break
by Mathew Towers | February 14, 2017

Need a break?

The stress of school is starting to build up again and you may feel tired and worn out. Luckily, reading week is just around the corner to give us time to catch up, relax, and de-stress. Make the most of your one week of freedom!

Here are 6 awesome ways you can spend your precious time off.


Pen and notebook
Catching up on your work is what reading week is for. It may not be the stuff dreams are made of but, in the long run, you’ll be thankful you took the time. When all your classmates are stressed and struggling in the second half of the semester, you’ll breeze by and have some time to binge-watch that new Netflix original.


Go home to see family and friends

Dog sitting on carpet
If you’re living away from home, reading week is your chance to visit friends, family, and most importantly: pets. Even if you don’t live that far from home, reading week lets you spend quality time with the people you care about.



Man standing on mountain
If you’re like me and feel the need to leave the country every couple of months, reading week is the perfect time to hop on a plane. Whether you’re backpacking through a new country, or sitting on a beach in Cuba, being in a new place will recharge your batteries and take care of your wanderlust.

Need a budget getaway without a flight splurge? Find a nearby deal on Airbnb and unplug for a while.


Make that sweet sweet cash

Man working in tool shop
Making money during school can be a struggle because it leaves you with very little free time. If student loans, bills, and other necessities are weighing you down, working during reading week can help improve your financial situation. It may not be the most fun or memorable way to spend your time but Future You will sure be grateful.


Nothing. Relax.

Video games Sony
During the school year, most of your time is spent in class, working on assignments in groups or solo. Hopefully you would also invest time in extracurricular activities and friends but bottom line: being productive with your time is key. Reading week can be your get-out-of-jail-free card to do absolutely nothing. Sit at home and watch Netflix, play video games, and order a pizza or three. This is your week to do whatever you want before you get back to the grind.

P.S. Here are are some sites that can help you de-stress if you’re a casual browser.

Make a Bucket List

To do list
If you have a constantly evolving list of things to do and try, reading week is an excellent opportunity to check some off. Write a bucket list of everything you have wanted to try but didn’t have time for – from that new deep dish pizza place downtown to Ripley’s Aquarium. Take advantage of ROM’s free student Tuesdays and go on an adventure, crossing things off as you go. Bonus points if you complete the entire list.

What is on your reading week bucket list? Let us know on Facebook!


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