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Updated: Apr 16, 2021

Writer: Eveline Stella Budiman | Illustrator: Carina Audrey Budiarto | Editor: Athaya Thahirah Hardono | Photographer: Andrew Ariel Darwin

Spring break is officially in full swing!

After a semester full of group projects, all-nighters, tests, and the seemingly never-ending assignments, the much-awaited break is finally here. However, with so many pandemic restrictions in place, it is understandable for us students to run out of things to do within the confines of our homes. Now worry not, because we have put together some suggestions to help keep you occupied during this stay-at-home break!

Catch up on your binge-watching

What better way to kick off the spring break than a binge-fest? With most of us stuck inside during this break, it serves as the perfect time to finally catch up on all the TV shows, movies, or anime that you have been meaning to watch. This term break is also the best time to delve into the top tier documentaries on YouTube. Channels like LEMMiNO and National Geographic have some of the best well-put and interesting documentaries within the YouTube platform. Their videos give you an insight to some of the most important historical events like the Pompeii, and even provide you a glimpse into the world’s greatest mystery like the lost city of Atlantis.

Hit the at-home gym

Staying fit and healthy is what we all are striving for. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic when our fitness routines are thrown out of the window, it may be hard for us to stay active and in shape. Fortunately, numerous fitness centres and gym enthusiasts have come together to amp up at-home fitness resources by uploading their fitness routine on YouTube and offering Zoom workout sessions which you can sign up for. This way, staying fit and healthy even during the pandemic is no longer a far-fetched dream. We recommend you to check out Sana Studio, Soul Box, and Doogether for more information regarding livestream fitness classes. As for the YouTube channels, we would like to suggest you to head to Koboko Fitness,Blogilates, Lilly Sabri, The Fitness Marshall, and Body Project for your go-to at-home workout sessions. These certified personal trainers have some of the best workout routines that you can follow from the safe confines of your home.

Test out new recipes

Cooking helps in bringing us a sense of order even during this unprecedented time. By making your own food and following a recipe or a chef’s instructions on YouTube, you may find yourself not only enjoying the entire process but also end up very much well-fed. We recommend you to check out Willgoz Kitchen, BORE.D, Babish Culinary Universe, and Jamie Oliver on YouTube as we believe their videos act as great references for when you want to cook up hearty, homestyle meals. With all this free time in your hands, go play around in the kitchen and start cooking the dishes that perhaps you never thought of making before. So what are you waiting for? Gather everything that you have in the fridge and unleash your inner MasterChef!

Kick your CV up a notch

For those of you who would rather stay productive even during the break, we got you. There is nothing wrong in doing something that is both fulfilling and beneficial for your future. Updating your resume is one of the ways for you to stay at the top of your game. Start piling up that experience and skills columns on your resume by applying for internships or take up online courses on Udemy or Coursera. Volunteering at local charities or non-profit organizations may give you a chance to not only gain new experiences but also to serve the community. In all, we encourage you to make the most out of this term break and make yourself even the more employable.

We understand just how stressful the past semester has been, and we are here to remind you that it is completely fine to want to sit back, relax, and do nothing. We would also like to remind you that though we encourage you to stay productive even during the break, make sure that you are not doing all this hustle just for the sake of keeping up with others. Though it may be hard for some of you to simply rest when our culture expresses a lot of value for productivity, we want you to remember that you have accomplished so much for the past semester and that this is the time for you to finally take a breather.

Thank you for your hard work and have an amazing break!

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