Winter Break Checklist

As the holidays approach, it is time to start thinking forward. With the conference season and many important deadlines approaching, let’s plan the best ways to spend your winter break. Here we go!

1. Prep for competition

Without classes and homework, winter break is one of the best times to prep for competition. Preparing early will help you do better on your exams, role-plays and written events. I recommend doing practice exams and taking the time to correct any missed questions. You can also make flashcards of any performance indicators you have trouble with or don’t fully understand. If you’re doing a written event, focus on revising it to make sure it is the best that it can be. Reading your paper out loud to friends and family can help you get valuable feedback and realize errors you may have made.

2. Consider running for office

As conferences approach, now is a great time to consider if running for a chapter or association officer position is right for you. My experiences as an association officer in New Hampshire and as the North Atlantic Region Vice President have been some of the most constructive of my life so far. If you’re on the fence, I highly recommend taking advantage of these opportunities. Check your association website and talk to your chapter advisor about the next steps.

3. Apply for DECA scholarships

The DECA scholarship application deadline of January 17 is fast approaching. Use the break from classes to finish up your application and set yourself up for future academic success! Learn more about scholarships and apply online.

4. Fundraise for your chapter

The holiday season is a great time to do a fundraiser for your chapter. Consider selling gifts or other festive food items. Sports events are a great time to do this as well. Another great fundraiser idea is a silent auction. If local community members are willing to donate gifts, even better. This way, any sales you receive will go straight to your chapter. Additional money will make attending conferences more affordable.

5. Spend time with family

No matter where you are in your DECA journey, your family and friends have made it all possible. Whether it’s sponsoring your trips, driving you to chapter meetings or helping you practice your role-plays, they’ve helped you the whole way. Take some time to thank them for all that they have done and share some of your favorite experiences they have made possible.

I hope everyone has an amazing holiday season!

Categories: Exam Prep, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Fundraising, Leadership, Presentation Prep, Written Prep