3 ways to maximize your Thanksgiving Break free time

Got free time over Thanksgiving break? Here are some ways to make the most of it.

Ashley Z.

11/18/20232 min read

Thanksgiving break is a time to relax with friends and family! But with more free time than usual, what can you do to make the most of it?

1. Review 1-2 chapters of material for each of your classes to prep for finals

With finals upcoming in December, take this chance to briefly review old content. Trust us.... it'll help!

  • Begin by identifying the chapters you struggle the most with and are most likely to be covered in the final

  • Break down each chapter and create a schedule to dedicate time to review each section

  • Make sure to make note of key concepts or formulas, you can use flashcards to help.

  • Practice by solving questions from past exams that will help test your knowledge.

  • Remember to take breaks in between!

2. Find 3-4 spring/summer internships or programs to apply to

Research and find any companies or organizations that align with your interests or goals.

Through our Opportunities Database, you can find opportunities separated by topic! Check link for access.

We recommend creating a LinkedIn to browse potential opportunities and connect with alumni from colleges you are interested in.

Create a resume highlighting your strengths and experiences that will help you stand out among other applicants.

Be sure to keep track of application deadlines and requirements to make sure you have submitted all the necessary information.

Optional: Prepare for any potential interviews or follow-up questions if you get accepted.

3. Email 2-3 researchers

Research and identify any researchers that align with your academic and career goals

Write an email to the researcher you want to work with, introducing yourself, displaying interest in their research, explaining why you want to work with them, as well as how your personal background or goals align with their research

Be sure to attach your resume to the email showing your qualifications.

Ask about any potential collaborations, internships, or assistant positions with them.

Give professors at least 3-4 days to reply before sending a follow-up email.

Try and keep the email short! 1-2 paragraphs at MAX.

Note that getting a research internship is VERY difficult through cold-emailing since professors are often busy or overloaded with emails. This is why networking is so important to help hasten this process. Through the IntelliHer community, we connect you with undergrads and professionals in your areas of interest! Join the Slack group or attend an IntelliHer speaker event if interested.

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