At Ball State, fall break lands Oct. 8 and 9 to give students a much needed rest from their studies. Here are nine tips to help make sure this fall break is an enjoyable and productive one.

1. Do not put off your schoolwork

You’re on fall break, not spring break. Chances are you will have at least one assignment you will need to complete during the short vacation. The last thing you want is to forget about it on Monday when it’s due Wednesday. 

2. Go have some fall fun

Corn mazes, haunted houses, pumpkin patches. The possibilities are endless. The break can be fun, or it can be boring. Get in contact with your friends on campus or back home and see what attractions are available near you.

3. Enjoy the break with family

If you haven’t gone home yet this year, this is your first real chance to do it. Your family most likely misses you, and if you have pets, they probably do too.

4. Study for your exam

Sure, this may seem like the least fun tip on this list. However, if you have an exam right after fall break ends, you’ll be thankful you studied. 

5. Go to a sporting event

Staying on campus with nothing to do? Ball State’s sports teams have you covered. The football team hosts Northern Illinois this Saturday and the soccer team plays Western Michigan on Sunday. 

6. Spend the break watching Netflix

Netflix is constantly releasing new content, and this season is no different. Take the time to discover a new show or movie, and see if you can binge watch it before classes start back up. 

7. Take in the sweet, crisp air

Summer is officially over and fall is here. The leaves are falling and the weather is changing. Enjoy the fresh air while you can before it becomes too cold to bear.

8. Sleep in

Fall break is the perfect time to catch up on lost sleep. Sleeping in for a few hours longer or even a midday nap will help rejuvenate your body and mind. 

9. Relax

It’s a break. Going beyond that, it’s a four day break. Spend time with friends, take care of yourself and do whatever makes you happy, as long as you have your assignments done.

 Contact Evan Weaver with comments erweaver@bsu.edu