After fall semester finals, we finally get a well deserved and highly needed break. Here at KU, we usually get around three weeks to either go home and rest or to travel around the US. Even though going home sounds amazing after the first semester away from friends and family, staying around the area is always a good choice. Chicago, St Louis, and the beautiful mountains in Colorado are amazing places to visit during the break and only a train ride away. Last year during the break I decided to go to Chicago for a week and I can honestly say that my time there was as amazing as it can be. Bright and busy main streets, huge public parks, museums, aquariums and zoos are several of the great things I enjoyed in only one week and I’m sure that every person you ask will tell you the same thing.
Here at KU, you’ll enjoy a perfect central location to decide which state you would like to visit during any given break. Even though a lot of places will still be pretty cold during the break, you will definitely get a new experience by enjoying the snow and the Christmas decorations in most cities nearby. As you will meet a lot of people from all over the US, you will always also have the option to ask about the best places to go during the Holidays and get great recommendations from all kinds of people. As I wasn’t able to go home this winter break, I decided to go visit some family here in the US. I spent around two weeks in Miami during the holidays, enjoying the nice weather and the company from some familiar faces. KU will give you amazing stories to tell while visiting friends and family; and I can assure you that every time people ask you how was your first semester here at KU, it will bring you great memories.
Even though university life will change you, everything will still feel extremely familiar when you visit home. This newly acquired independence will influence and change your perspective on the world around you, allowing you to appreciate home and family even more. The new environments that you’ll discover will expand your knowledge of different cultures giving you the opportunity to share these different points of view with your family and friends back at home. Back at home, during the break, you’ll realize how much you’ve grown and changed in just a couple months thanks to your life here at KU.