By Monique Beaupre, Toppel Peer Advisor
Another semester approaches its close. Finals are around the corner and the study scramble will soon be in full swing. At the conclusion of this hectic time, however, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: winter break.

Being your laziest self will surely leave you refreshed and energized for the new semester. Follow these tips and get off on the right foot for spring!
Sleep – at last! 
Take this grand three-week opportunity to catch up on all the sleep you missed out on when you were cramming for finals. Sleep deprivation is harmful to your health and should be avoided whenever possible!
Enjoy all of your favorite comfort foods.
This is the time to take a break from the dining hall or cooking food yourself. Savor the home cooked family meals you missed so much while away at school. Also be sure to make trips to all of your favorite restaurants.
Visit with family and old friends. 
Going home is an escape from the constant buzz of the fast-pace of Miami. A break from this busy academic and social environment gives you a chance to cleanse the mind and enjoy the simple pleasure of catching up and sharing stories with loved ones. Getting in touch with your roots can be an opportunity to come back down to earth after the excitement of a stimulating semester.
Pick up old or new hobbies.
Swap out the textbooks and study guides for recreational reading. Try a month-long trial at a hot yoga studio or kickboxing gym. And who doesn’t love winter sports.
Shout-out to December graduates:  CONGRATULATIONS! You should take the time to relax just as much as – if not more than – students this holiday season.