When you don’t get to go home for the holidays

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After stressing over finals in December, it will finally be time for the holidays including Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. However, not everyone is able to go home on winter break, especially since it is only four weeks long.

Here at NSU, we have students from 106 different countries, and sometimes going home for winter break is not possible. However, there are plenty of activities around the NSU area to make the winter break fun.

Admire your natural surroundings

If you enjoy nature and sightseeing, you could consider visiting the Everglades. Located about an hour and 15 minutes from NSU, Everglades National Park provides habitats for multiple rare and endangered species. The park is also considered a World Heritage Site and a Wetland of International Importance.

Get your head in the game

Do you enjoy watching sports? The NSU Basketball team will be playing plenty of games throughout December and January, so you can come out and show your Shark spirit. The Miami Heat are also scheduled to play several games in December. With  The American Airlines Arena being only 45 minutes away from NSU’s Davie/Fort Lauderdale campus, December is a great time for basketball lovers to watch their favorite sport.

Take the educational approach

If you enjoy history, art or science, museums might be the place for you to go. Consider visiting the Young at Art Museum in Davie to activate your imagination. The museum’s website offers a photosphere on Google where you can explore the inside of the building, which might help you decide if you would like to go.

The Museum of Discovery & Science is less than 10 miles away from NSU. This museum offers interactive activities such as taking a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experiencing hurricane force winds and much more.

Finally, the History Miami Museum is your place. Discover Miami’s history, as well as many different exhibitions. Most exhibitions are temporarily available and then replaced with new ones. From photography to archeology collections, this museum has it all.

Although going home might be a great feeling, there is no reason to be down if you are not able to visit your family and friends. If you happen to stay at NSU during winter break, plan activities ahead of time to keep yourself busy. Visit museums, parks, go to the beach or maybe just watch Netflix or read a book in your room. The holidays are the perfect time to relax, take a break after finals week and celebrate the start of the new year.

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