With Thanksgiving break just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about how I’d like to spend my time off. These past few weeks have been really hard for me in terms of metal health and I’m looking forward to going home tomorrow. Well, not exactly: I don’t have any friends back home, so break will definitely be a little lonely. But I don’t have to go to class! And I get to see my cat! And I can sleep in my own bed, in my own house, which is much quieter than the dorm ever is!
Next week, I’m going to do my best to balance productivity with rest. My anxiety and depression have been particularly bad lately so I don’t want to be too hard on myself because that would just cause even more stress, but I also know that one of the ways I deal with times like these is to throw myself into my work and bury my feelings… which probably isn’t the healthiest thing to do, but I don’t care. Hence, these are the five main things I plan to accomplish over Thanksgiving break.
1. Study and do as much homework as I possibly can
I had some pretty grand plans to DO ALL THE THINGS, academically-speaking, until my poor mental health intervened. THANKS, BRAIN. So I’ve scaled back my homework plans somewhat but there are still a bunch of things on my to-do list, as you can see below.
- Prose Style: Read Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov, create a presentation about a sentence from that novel, begin compiling a portfolio of the best twenty-five sentences I’ve written this semester, begin compiling a portfolio of five of the best sentences I’ve come across in my reading this semester
- Foundations of the English Major: Continue to research and write my final paper, study vocabulary words, catch up on reading questions, draft a personal reflection paper
- Media Shift: Choose a topic for the final paper, do some research for it, write that paper, get ideas for the three-essay take-home exam
- Journalistic Writing & Reporting: Contact sources
- Intro to Multimedia Storytelling: Contact sources, begin storyboarding, reserve audiovisual equipment
I’ve barely written anything that wasn’t for school lately! I’m looking forward to working on some nonfiction pieces I hope to eventually submit for publication, as well as writing and scheduling a ton of blog posts for the coming months.
3. Spend time with my family
I haven’t been home since August! I’m planning to make mini pies with my dad and noodles with my mom… presumably I’ll wrangle my brother into something as well.
Ahhhh I miss reading as much as I used to in high school… or even during freshman year of college! I already have a bunch of books lined up to read – mostly comics, as well as stories that are happy and/or gay as hell. I hope to dedicate at least an entire day to reading, which is also something I’d like to do with items #1 and #2 on this list, schoolwork and writing.
5. Figure out how I want to spend winter break
Basically? I’m going to make a bunch of lists and include whatever I didn’t get around to at all (or didn’t do as much as I would have liked) during Thanksgiving.
How are you planning to spend Thanksgiving break?