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Freshmen: Look Forward to Breaks!

Categories: College Life

If you just graduated from high school and will be a verdant college freshman this fall, you may or may not be dreading living away from home. Everyone reacts to new independence a little differently, and homesickness is totally normal. For your peace of mind, take a look below at the breaks you have to look forward to. Be sure to check your school’s calendar to find out exactly which days you have off and when your final exams take place. Knowing when you have opportunities to see your family or spend time with friends away from school may quell some anxiety.


Late November. This is probably your first big break from school. Thanksgiving is also typically a super fun reunion weekend with high school friends who are seeing each other for the first time since going away to college. If you’ve got a break on the longer side, consider spending some time bargain hunting: check out Cappex’s 5 Black Wednesday Scholarships!

Winter Break

Late December. Oh, winter break. The doozy of all college breaks. Usually longer and more luxurious than any high school winter break could ever hope to be. Spend it lazily hanging with your family and friends, enjoying home cooked food and not living in a dorm. Give your brain a rest from all the finals and papers you probably just completed for semester’s end. Read a book. For FUN. GASP!


January. Many schools offer what’s called J-Term (January Term) if their winter break extends through the month of January. Schools like the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota offer J-Term travel programs where students can study abroad for the four week break. In fact, St. Thomas requires its students to do this at least once while they attend school.  A student can travel to Greece to study archaeology and art or Ghana to study its transition into modernity. What an awesome opportunity!

Spring Break

March/April. Again, your time off will vary by school, but usually spring break is one week long and full of fun. Hopefully it falls right after you’ve gotten midterm papers or tests completed, but sometimes you’ll need to split your time off with time on finishing homework. You can also use this time doing something fun AND productive by doing what’s called an Alternative Spring Break. Basically, it’s volunteer work and you’ll not only feel good doing good for others, you’ll be building skills and experiences.

Cappex has tons of resources for college freshmen, including scholarship opportunities.

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5 Black Wednesday Scholarships

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends. It’s a time to be thankful for what you have and to enjoy lots of delicious Americana foods at an unusually early dinner hour.

But besides those frivolous things, Thanksgiving is about the deals. Deals deals deal. How early are you going to wake up on Friday to get that flight of lava lamps on sale for $39.99 at Best Buy? I’m just not going to bed.

For those of you looking for a different kind of worthwhile deal–the kind that pays part of your college tuition–here are 5 scholarships worth the title of “Black Wednesday” deals:

1. Dr Pepper Million Dollar  Tuition Giveaway
Deadline –
December 31
Award –
$2,500 – $100,000
Quick fact –
50 awards will be granted to students!

2. John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Deadline –
January 7 
Award –
Quick fact –
Available to all high school students.

3. Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship
Deadline –
January 14 
Award –
Quick fact –
Open to students between the ages of 14 and 35.

4. Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship
Deadline –
January 17
Award –
$1,000 – $10,000
Quick fact –  
This scholarship is for college undergraduates who demonstrate leadership on behalf of the cause of freedom, American values, and constitutional principles.

5. C-SPAN’s StudentCam Documentary Scholarship
Deadline –
January 20
Award – $2,500 – $5,000
Quick fact- 75 scholarships will be awarded to college-bound high school students. 75…!

What deals are you looking forward to this Thanksgiving?