It’s nearly Christmas! We may only be in November but Christmas adverts are on the TV, festive markets are popping up everywhere and worst of all, your student loan is starting to run out!
So with the Christmas break growing ever closer, we’ve pulled together a list of the top to-do’s you’ll need to complete before going home.
Book your travel tickets now
Whether it’s a train ride, a coach ride or a plane ride, book your tickets now! The sooner you do it, the less likely your ticket prices are to rise – and at this time of year, every penny counts! Our top tip is to book your tickets in off-peak times. Try not be too picky with times or dates, if you’re a little bit flexible you’re likely to bag yourself a deal!
Get your assignments done
We all start the holidays with the best intention of being productive, then we see a mince pie and a baileys and it all goes out of the window! With January being filled with revision weeks there will be little time to complete your assignments on top of revising for exams, so it’s key that you get your assignments done ASAP. Working a little harder in the next few weeks will mean that you can put your feet up and truly enjoy your time off.
Empty the fridge
There is nothing worse than getting home after your Christmas break to a load of mouldy food that you completely forgot to bin before you left in mid-December. Stick a post-it note on your fridge or set a reminder in your iPhone to ensure that you don’t forget! If there is anything going off soon be savvy and make a few meals before you go – remember you can freeze meals once they are cooked, which will give all of your potentially wasted food a much longer self life.
Unless you are lucky enough to be picked up or are driving home for the holidays, the likelihood is that you will have to battle exceedingly busy public transport, so the last thing you need is to have to lug everyone’s Christmas presents with you. Getting them delivered to home runs the risk of your nosey parents taking a peak at your presents but will be much easier than struggling with the excess baggage on the train.
Mentally prepare for home
If it’s your first year at university, this is probably the first time you’ve been home since starting 3 months ago. That’s 3 whole months that your parents have been missing you, but you’ve been enjoying your independence! Remember that you’re moving back into your family home and 3am after-parties are probably not going to go down as well in your parents front room as they do in halls of residence. Just be respectful of your boundaries and the move back home should go without a hitch!
Hannah Ryle – Employer Brand Consultant