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What to do with a Snow Day

It’s that time of year! Living in a location on the coast in New England has its perks, and one major one is the amount of snow we manage to accumulate each year. My semester has only been three weeks long so far and we have already had three snow days (including today)! Aside from the fact that you get to sleep in, there is something so magical about cozying up inside and watching the snow build up all around you outside.

Now, I as much as anyone understand how easy it is to fall into the slump of staying in bed all day and only moving to heat up your tea or take a bathroom break. While that can be a great way to spend a few hours of your day, there is nothing stopping you from still continuing to be productive! Here are a few things I like to fill my snow day with to balance out relaxation with still checking things off my to-do list.

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Organizing Your Home

I love taking a chunk of time on snow days to do some organization. This morning I pulled out all of the food in my cabinets and organized it in a more cohesive way. It was very cathartic to see it go from a crammed and chaotic mess to something that will help make mealtime a little easier. Plus it allowed me to see the food that I didn’t even know was there (looking at you, year old ramen packets), and finally get rid of it.

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Exercising Without Leaving Your House

Snow days give you a super legit reason for skipping out on the gym: the roads are genuinely dangerous and definitely not worth driving on just to squeeze in a workout. HOWEVER this doesn’t mean you have to skip out entirely, there are plenty of things you can do in the comfort of your own home! I went to a Zumba class last night and woke up with a very sore body, so I started off my day with some stretching. I’m a big fan of doing yoga in my room as well, since you don’t need a large amount of space or equipment to do it. Do Yoga With Me is my favorite online yoga resource, and Fiji is my favorite instructor. Her vinyasa flows are great for relaxation, strength, and getting sweaty.

Chores

Okay, bear with me on this one. I know these aren’t exactly a favorite to do on a day designed for relaxation, but I love doing chores on a snow day for a few reasons. First, it allows me to get things like laundry, vacuuming, and changing my sheets out of the way when I actually have time to do them. There is nothing worse than having no time to do laundry, but also no clean socks to wear as you’re racing out the door. It also acts as a sneaky form of exercise, since you are on your feet cleaning instead of just laying down and being a potato. Also, I sometimes need to feel like I’ve earned my relaxation time, and if I know I have it makes that TV show or book that much more satisfying to dig into.

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Pick an Activity You Have Been Meaning to Do

Trying out a new recipe? Making a DIY craft? Picking out a killer new workout playlist? Having free time on a snow day gives you a glorious opportunity to finally have no excuses about doing something you have been meaning to. Granted, I have been dying to try out the broccoli cheddar soup recipe from the image above, but since I cannot get to the grocery store (hi 8 inches of snow) I think I’ll have to hold off on it for now.

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Via: Google (Donna Meagle everybody)

Giving Yourself Some Me Time

Since I’ve told you to organize, exercise, and do chores, it’s only fair I let you treat yourself a bit! Draw a bath, make some hot coco, dance around in your underwear; whatever makes you happy! I’m thinking a face mask, lighting a candle, and dipping my head into a Europe guide book once I’m ready to go into relaxation mode. Snow days are fundamentally lazy, so I could never expect you to be running at 100% all day when I definitely don’t do that myself!

I hope this has given you some inspiration on what to do when you’re hit with a snow day next. I hope you’re having a wonderful Thursday, see you in my next post!

-Sarah

College

College Knowledge: Unique Extracurriculars

Today I wanted to introduce another segment on my blog about all things college! As a senior, I would like to think I have collected a few nuggets of information/knowledge/advice during my time as an undergrad.

This first installment deals with something that is both awesome and terribly overwhelming in college: extracurricular activities.

Now I will be the first to admit that I have taken the normal route when it comes to finding fun groups to be a part of. These include intramural sports and greek life, the latter of which I plan to write a whole post on (keep your eyes peeled for that!).

However, with the hundreds of different activities offered on a college campus, it’s really easy to overlook ones that could potentially end up being the niche that you fit into during your four (or more/less, whatever tickles your fancy) years.

For me, when I switched from nutrition to mechanical engineering my freshman year, I really didn’t know anyone in my classes. So, when I saw a flyer for a group called the Society of Women in Engineering, I immediately marked my calendar for the next meeting. This group was great because we would have all sorts of people come in and talk to us about all things engineering. Whether that was a professional roller coaster engineer, local companies looking to hire, or even our own university career advisor helping us with our LinkedIn profiles. While I am still part of the group to this day, I begrudgingly admit that I don’t even remember the last time I went to a meeting. HOWEVER, as a freshman this group really helped me to get to know some of the girls in my major which set me up for a solid friend group within my classes.

Another activity that I got involved in just this year is called STEMbassadors. As a part of this group, you go to local elementary/middle schools and run through fun engineering-themed activities with the kids. Now that I have done a few of the outreach trips, I am kicking myself for not becoming a STEMbassador earlier in my college career because it is honestly so fun. Seeing the kids light up when they are working through the activities and seeing the gears in their little brains turning is such an inspiration. If your school offers something similar to this program, I highly recommend joining. Aside from how enjoyable it is, being in this group shows responsibility and leadership, both things employers look for when scouring resumes.

Now, if you’re not an engineering major and the previous two groups don’t apply to you, fear not! One of the best activities that people wouldn’t initially think about are group fitness classes. Now I know these aren’t *technically* extracurriculars, but if you find one you love and go for multiple weeks, chances are you will start to see some familiar faces in the groups. Not only are you making friends and exercising, usually these classes are free to students through your local rec center so you really can’t go wrong with them!

One last suggestion I have is to volunteer in your local community. There are so many great organizations out there that are always looking for an extra set of helping hands. Personally, I applied to be a volunteer at my local animal shelter. I love animals but never had pets other than fish, birds, and hamsters growing up (the struggles of being the only one in your family without allergies). Most shelters will need people to walk the dogs, play with the animals, do office work, or just help with general cleaning. The work is rewarding and again, would look great on a resume. Other organizations include senior centers, soup kitchens, even a Salvation Army or Goodwill. The options are endless!

I hope this has been helpful in assisting you to expand your extracurricular horizons! Good luck with exploring and I hope you find one that you fall in love with.

– Sarah