Although it can seem tough to go back to school after a long break, there are many good reasons to get yourself back on campus. (Photo Illustration by Autumn Mariano and J. Michaela Funtanilla)
Although it can seem like a chore to go back to school after a long break, there are many good reasons to get yourself back on campus. (Photo Illustration by Autumn Mariano and J. Michaela Funtanilla)

The break between semesters is well-deserved for hard-working students. Some spend the time relaxing, working extra hours or crossing items off their to-do list.

During that time, there can be a tendency to get lazy, and the desire to not return to school may pop into your head. Here are some reasons to come back after the break between semesters.

1. Education is very important. You already know that since you’re attending college, but it’s important to remember the jobs that are most desirable often require degrees.

According to the New York Times, the pay of people with a four-year college degree has risen compared to those with just a high school degree.

On the other hand, the relative pay of people who attend college without earning a four-year degree has remained flat.

2. If you don’t go back after the break, there’s a chance that you may not go back at all. The taste of sweet freedom can make you think that “taking a break” is a good idea.

There are plenty of instances where “taking a break” leads to never returning to college. On the other hand, if you’re thinking college isn’t for you, ask friends, parents or other peers for advice on whether or not you should return.

3. Coming back after the break can mean reuniting with friends you don’t see much outside of school. Everyone has friends that they see on campus and have classes with, but that doesn’t always mean they hang out outside of class.

Catching up with these friends after the break can be great because there is so much to talk about. Christmas, New Year’s events and other adventures provide great lunch time conversation.

4. School helps you get back into a routine. Your class schedule basically becomes your life, and things usually end up revolving around it.

This can be a good thing because it helps lead the way to having a routine that you can rely on.

You’ll know when you can work, when to fit in study time, when to make time for friends and when you have time for yourself. Most importantly, you can get into good sleeping habits when you have a routine. You’ll know when to go to bed and when you can squeeze in a nap or two during the day.

5. School can help motivate you to do other things. When you get in the mindset of being busy and always having something to do, you can turn that energy into motivation to do many other activities.

You can work out, pick up a new hobby, join a new club on campus or even find new books to read.

6. Campus always has dozens of activities going on. With an impressive array of clubs and discussions constantly happening on campus, there is always something to do.

It can be easy to find something that appeals to you by looking at bulletin boards on your way to class, reading newspapers and checking out Weber State University’s website.

7. School has a way of making you feel confident. When you ace a test, write an amazing essay, have a thought-provoking discussion, or keep a steady GPA throughout the semester, you can feel like you’re on top of the world.

Learning can help you grow in many different ways, and gaining confidence is one of them.

8. With every semester of college you attend, you’re one step closer to accomplishing your dreams.

Everyone is in college for a different reason. Whether you want to work with people, plants or animals, you are nearer to getting to where you want to be in life by attending college.

9. Going back to school can be good for your health. Many end up in a slump of watching Netflix all day and going out to eat more often than they should during the break.

Going back to school gets you up on your feet and gets you thinking, moving and eating less junk food while binge-watching your favorite show.

10. Even though it may not always feel like it, school can be fun. There are many diverse and mind-expanding activities at college, making it a great experience for those who attend.

College life is very individual. Making it your own is easy. Don’t be afraid to try new things and go new places because college is the time to do it. Have fun and enjoy your time!

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