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12 Dec 2017
This piece is by Tyla-Mae Matthews, one of our Stagecoach Student Ambassadors. Find out more about our student ambassadors.
It’s that time of year again. The skies are grey, the air is crisp, and it’s way too cold to drag yourself out of your toasty bed to trek to a 9am lecture. Yes, winter is here and that means one thing, and one thing only. Christmas!
That’s right, it’s time to swap the student staple foods like noodles for … probably still noodles (come on, we’re students, we can’t afford real food). So, here’s a list of the dos and don’ts of Christmas now that you are a student!
Whether you are homeward bound every weekend, or if you are making the special trip back for Christmas, you should make the most out of going back home for the holidays. I mean, after all, you do get to see your pets again, and you have forgotten just how cute they are! Oh, and I suppose you get to see your family, too. And somehow, your younger sibling’s annoying ways will be starting to grate on you the minute you set foot in the house.
Volunteering for a cause you care about this holiday season is a great way of getting into the Christmas spirit by helping others. Whether this is by doing a sponsored Elf Walk or helping out at a local hospice, your efforts will be greatly appreciated by those who need it this winter.
There are some fantastic websites to search for volunteering opportunities this Christmas such as https://do-it.org/channels/volunteer-at-christmas, or you could even ask around locally to see if anywhere needs any helpful volunteers this season! It looks amazing on your CV and if you love the volunteering position, you might even want to continue it after Christmas is over!
As well as this, foodbanks are always looking for donations so if you can, spare a thought for those in need by giving what you can to your nearest one. You can locate your local foodbank here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/. And why not do a bit of volunteering for them if you can?
That concludes the lists of do’s and don’ts for a successful Christmas as a student. Remember to leave out a mince pie and a glass of whiskey for your pare- I mean, Father Christmas! Have a fantastic December!