I think we can all agree that winter break is the time for students to relax, forget about the finals that just destroyed them, and reset for the next semester. Check out what The Daily Duke team members did with their time off the past few weeks!

Aurl-1side from spending time celebrating the holidays with friends and family, this winter break I got a part-time job at Bloomingdales Department Store at my local mall. It was my first time working a retail job so it was definitely a learning experience throughout the busy holiday season. It did feel great to make some extra money on my downtime though. I really enjoyed the environment and taught me some great people and selling skills! –Jolie

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Winter break is always some of my favorite time of the year, since Christmas is my favorite holiday! I love watching old movies with my family, like White Christmas, having our tree lit in the living room, and enjoying all of the Christmas cookies that our neighbors give us! For Christmas, my parent’s gave my sister and I tickets to see the musical Wicked at the Kennedy Center, which was definitely a highlight of my break! –Michelle

 

 

img_2416My break wasn’t as exciting as some, as I did not travel to any warm places, but instead I went home to New York. Before going home though, I went to a Dan + Shay concert with a friend in Maryland. Once I got home, I just spent a lot of my time with family and friends. I took a lot of pictures over break of my family and one of my favorite pictures was of my dogs. I actually went to New York City three times in one week which is more than I have ever been over the course of any one year. I saw the Rockefeller Christmas tree, but mostly just explored some of the other highlights of New York City. I cooked a lot of things, both for Christmas Eve and Christmas but also for fun. I made peanut butter swirl brownies, a spaghetti squash recipe, homemade cinnamon buns, and a soup! –Loren

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While my break consisted mostly of resting and down time with family, I did do a handful of exciting things. One of my highlights had to have been visiting Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer. While excluded from their name,  Black Tap is famous for their outrageous milkshakes. After fasting for about 12 hours, I decided it was time to try one myself. I can confirm that they live up to the hype. While others post about friends and family, it’s only natural that I shamelessly post about food. No regrets. –Sam

 

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Over break I was able to relax and catch up on a few things. I applied for dozens of jobs, had a some interviews, and went to a few networking events. I was also able to curl up to a nice warm fire that my grandpa made, drink tea, and read a few books with family conversation going on around me. During the school year I feel like I’m procrastinating if I read for fun, so break was the perfect time for me to turn my mind off and dive head first into worlds written by a few of my favorite authors. –Emily

 

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While the majority of my break consisted of working and spending time with friends and family, I also had some time to travel around too. My parents and I enjoyed one of the few warm days in New York City, site seeing and grabbing lunch in Times Square. I also took a trip to Baltimore, where I spent the day exploring the Baltimore Aquarium. My favorite part of the day was watching the divers feed the sharks and seeing their rescue sea turtle. –Kali

 

 

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A highlight of my break was getting to visit my dad in Seattle, Washington! This picture is actually taken from Christmas Day which we spent at Crystal Mountain skiing. We got super lucky with the weather because the clear skies made for great views – if you look closely you can actually see Mt. Rainier in the background! The rest of our trip was spent doing typical Seattle tourist activities — visits to Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Gum Wall, and of course a lot of coffee tasting. The more boring parts of my break included a lot of job hunting, hanging out with friends, and relaxing on my couch 🙂 -Emma

 

Don’t forget to comment below and let us know how you spent your winter break!

 

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