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Winter Break in a Nutshell

Submitted By: Denise

School breaks are something we all look forward to. But let’s be real- I think we all come to realize that it’s mostly boring and joyless, with a few days of actual vacation.

Take my winter break, for example. Most of the two weeks of winter break I spent at home, where my daily schedule consisted of sleeping, eating, reading, and doing nothing. Then, there were the few days where I was in Tahoe, freezing but definitely enjoying the fresh powdery snow and the food. It’s also probably the highlight of the year, because the winter holidays are generally seen as a time to spend time with family and friends, and going to Tahoe is part of that idea.

So, we might complain that we’re bored when we’re at home, stuck in our houses with nothing to do. However, if we look on the bright side, it’s pretty worth it to be able to sleep in, to be able to eat whenever we want, or use a computer for a purpose other than learning.

I think the 60-70 degree weather near where I live is really nice, but when it comes to certain times of the year, like winter, or summer, or school breaks, I expect a little bit more. Going to Tahoe during breaks is just one of the way my family and I can overcome the unchanging daily schedule school offers. In this sense, school offers us a chance, whether we take it or not, to have a fun time and explore the beautiful state of nature. Whether we like it or not, winter breaks are a much needed diversion from the standard boringness of daily life.

Winter break, in a nutshell, is two weeks of realizing you could do stuff but not doing anything, with a few days of doing exciting stuff scattered in between. I think we already knew that, but remember that you’ll eventually do fun stuff, and you’ll think, “All the boring stuff was worth doing so I could do fun stuff!” Although some may view winter break differently, it is, at the very least, a much needed break from the typical school week.9

About Timothy Lee

Timothy Lee is a senior at Monta Vista High School. He moved back to the States in 2012 after living in Beijing, China for two years, and currently lives in Cupertino, California. This cross-culture experience has enabled him to encounter a vast variety of environments in which part of his writings are based on. He is also currently an officer in HEARTS, a nonprofit organization, and a VP at Silicon Valley DECA. He also has a passion in web design, computer science, badminton, and writing.

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