It’s March. We just had not one, but two snow days! Although it is very likely we will not be seeing another snow day anytime this school year, here are some things that you can do on a snow day, or any day off from school.
- Sleep! It may sound unnecessary to say, but believe it or not, I know people who, on snow days, wake up at 7 AM, for no reason other than just to get up. If you’re anything like me and get very few hours of sleep when we do have school, you know that sleeping in on a snow day is the best feeling ever. It may not be so great when your sleep schedule is off, but sometimes you just need sleep, especially as a high school student.
- Read. Okay, so I am absolutely awful at picking up a book and reading for hours on end. I used to be able to read three books a week and feel great about it, but now I am struggling to find the time to pick up a book and relax. Although I didn’t read much these snow days (except from an APUSH textbook), I did have intentions of reading. With school and an abundance of homework each night, it can be difficult to find the time to read, if it’s not for school. Snow days are a perfect time to sit and relax, if you’re not shoveling, with a good book. Some of my favorite books are The Great Gatsby and Perks of Being a Wallflower, and are perfect for those days when you have the time to read.
- Color?!? A recent craze over adult coloring books and the relaxation that comes along with it made me really excited. I bought coloring books, and new pens and pencils to sit down and relax with a coloring book. The thing is, if you’re a perfectionist like me, it’s really difficult to sit down and color without the fear of coloring outside the lines, or coloring something the wrong color. I still can’t sit down and color, but I know a lot of people find it relaxing. For all of you that aren’t perfectionists, coloring may be for you, since it’s not just for kids anymore. Adult coloring books are available for under five dollars at five below, or under twenty at Barnes and Noble.
- Homework?! Studying?! Yes! I feel so relaxed during the snow days that I have no problem doing homework and studying. When I didn’t have an abundance of stress from a long day at school, I felt like I could actually sit down and get some of my homework done. Taking school out of the equation for the day really motivated me to do something other than sit down all day watching Law and Order (always a good snow-day activity). If you don’t feel like doing homework on a snow day, it might be beneficial to do so anyways. You have so much time and can easily make time to do homework instead of leaving it to the last minute and feeling like you need five coffees just to get you through the day.
- That thing that you really want to do but never have the time for. Catching the first bus after school and going straight home is usually the highlight of my days. If I’m not asleep by 3:00 each day, it’s a miracle. Showering, eating, and doing homework account for the rest of my day, like many other people I know. School doesn’t just end at 2:15. It lasts until you go to sleep, when you’re done with homework. Most of the things we do after school hours, is because of school. With so much time taken up, it makes it hard to do the things you like to do-like reading, or watching a movie. A few snow days ago, I made one of melted crayon art things, and it was actually really fun. It was something I wanted to do for so long, but never felt up to doing after school. Everybody has at least that one thing that they haven’t got the chance to do because so much of their time was taken up, or school left them wanting to binge-watch Gilmore Girls and sleep, instead of wanting to do something productive or meaningful (not that watching Gilmore Girls is not meaningful, because it really is).