As you spend a well-deserved break from school this winter, don’t forget about preparing for the spring semester. Winter break is a time for renewal and relaxation before the hectic days of studying begin once again. For some, this may be their last semester of college, so it is even more important to do well in classes and complete any remaining required courses before graduating. Here are some ways to get ready for the spring semester: Make sure you are on the right track in regards to the classes you are taking. You have registered for classes by now, but it’s also time to look at the bigger picture and see if your classes put you on the right track in regards to your major or in fulfilling general education requirements. The last thing you want is to fall behind in your requirements which can lead to having a heavier course load next semester, or the necessity of taking summer classes, or even having to postpone graduation. Meet with your adviser before winter break begins or as soon as the spring semester starts in order to make sure you are meeting requirements on a timely basis. Prepare for classes. Course syllabi and required texts have been posted for many classes. If you have access to the syllabi for classes during the spring semester, then make use of this resource and get a head start on the readings. It doesn’t hurt to read ahead so you know what to expect in the course, and also so you won’t have too much work during the spring semester with readings for other classes to worry about. Search for internships. Many big companies finish recruiting early for summer interns sometime during the spring semester. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of these opportunities, create a list of target companies and find out if these companies will be visiting your campus for recruiting. Many will hold information sessions and it is advisable to attend them to get a better idea about what the company stands for and what the internship will consist of. It doesn’t hurt to work on your interviewing skills on your time off also; when spring semester begins, you will be on top of your game and ready for the recruiting season ahead. Relax! Many students are motivated after receiving their grades for the fall semester to do better in the spring semester and boost their GPAs. Winter break is now a time for relaxation and renewal, perhaps to find out where you went wrong or to figure out what you can do to improve your grades this coming semester. Regardless of what your plans are, take advantage of the break to recharge your batteries for the hard work ahead! These ways of getting ready for the spring semester can come in handy as you decide your action plan for the upcoming days. Congratulations on finishing the fall semester and good luck in the semester ahead!