Winter break is a month long of awesomeness. After a semester full of projects, papers, and exams, it’s such a relief to finally sit back, relax, and not have to worry about school! Most students head home for a much needed escape from the craziness of city life. What a great feeling it is to be with our family, friends, and our pets 🙂 With such a large international population at The New School, however, it’s sometimes difficult for some students to make it all the way back home. On the other hand, there’s the kids like me who’ve become quite the city slickers. My hometown is less than two hours away, so it’s easy for me to go home for a week and come back to my favorite place in the world. For students staying in the city, the dorms remain open throughout break and other campus buildings reopen on January 2nd. Whether you’re stuck in the city or choose to be here, there’s always so many things to do. Lauren listed some great winter activities, but here’s a list of my favorite things to do during break:
1. Working or Interning
Without class, my schedule all of sudden opens up. The best way to take advantage of this free time is to find a part-time job or an internship. The city is expensive, so being able to make a little bit of money on my time off is really helpful for my bank account. Interning during break is also a great way to gain professional experience without having to focus on schoolwork simultaneously, which can become a bit chaotic at times.
We make frequent trips to museums for class, but I never really get to enjoy them on my own time. Though there’s a lot more tourists around during the winter season, it’s great to finally walk around the museums without an agenda (no teacher-guided tours and no assignments!) The admission to the Met is based on donations, and we get in to the MoMA for free with our New School IDs. This break, I also plan on hitting up the Guggenheim for the Picasso exhibit and the Whitney for it’s showcase of American artists.
We gotta use that Christmas money somehow, right? The leftovers from the holiday shopping madness usually means some pretty good sales. And there’s always thrifting! I have a pile of old winter gear that I’m going to try to sell to Buffalo Exchange or Beacon’s Closet, and hopefully I can get some cool vintage threads in return!
4. Doing Something Touristy
Don’t be ashamed. I’ve lived in the city for three years now, and there’s still a bunch of things I need to cross off my NYC to-do list. I still have yet to go to the top of the Empire State Building, and I bet some of you have never been to the Statue of Liberty, the Natural History Museum, or Ground Zero. During break is the perfect time to blend in with the tourists for a day and see one of these attractions, embarrassment-free.
5. Restaurant Week
As a huge foodie, one of my favorite events is Restaurant Week. Twice a year, many of New York’s best restaurants offer a prixe-fix menu for only $25 for lunch and $38 for dinner. Yes, that means you can eat a three-course meal at a fancy restaurant on a college budget! Some of my favorites from the past include Morimoto (yes, that’s Iron Chef Morimoto!), Les Halles (of Anthony Bourdain fame), and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market. Winter Restaurant Week starts January 14 and ends February 8 (so I guess that makes it more like Restaurant Month). Stay tuned, I’ll be posting my restaurant reviews when Restaurant Week starts!
Yeah, let’s face it. Too many hours spent in the lab means too little hours spent in the gym. Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts, and Christmas cookies certainly don’t help the waistline. Throw in some stress-snacking during finals, and you realize those skinny jeans just don’t quite fit anymore. As hard as it is to get myself back into my workout routine, winter break is definitely a good time to kickstart your healthy New Year’s resolutions. Gym memberships are a bit pricey in the city, but all students are allowed to use the fitness rooms at the 20th Street, Stuyvesant Park, and Loeb Hall dorms, even if you’re not a resident. Time to get my body back in shape for spring break!
Have a safe, fun break y’all!