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What’s the best way to spend spring break?

Marissa Russell | Interim Reporter


During the spring semester, many students start to feel beat down and have no energy. This is when the countdown to spring break starts.

Spring break is a great time to be with friends or family. It’s a time for students to get out of college and away from their home to take a relaxing break. It’s always nice to get away from the brutal Michigan winter and spend a week bathing in the sun.

Even though I am not much of an outdoor fanatic, I love to sit beside a pool and read a good book. I feel like I have more energy, and don’t want to pull my hair out from the stress of college and keeping my grades up.

Adventuring out somewhere new and different has always been a passion of mine, too. Living in the same city all my life has made it hard to go see something new, but during spring break I could almost visit a different world. Going somewhere new allows you the chance to try new foods, interact with a variety of cultures and meet unique people.

Spring break is also a time to get wild when in college. Most spring breakers go with their friends instead of family, so they have more freedom. Students are free to do almost whatever they want and not have to worry about parents, RA’s, or any other authority figure, other than the police.

Going on spring break can be therapeutic in a way. It helps students release stress they’ve had all semester and blow off some steam. Some students also feel more depressed during winter months because of the winter blues. Going somewhere warmer where they can get Vitamin D can improve their outlook on school and help them finish the semester strong.

Money is very tight during the college years, so many students can’t afford a road trip to the beach; however, working a few extra hours during the summer or not going out to eat as much can help save money to go on vacation. Making plans early on and budgeting can help make your spring break dream come true.

People say college years are their best years and going on spring break is one way to make memories. Nobody remembers the nights they stayed at home and watched Hulu.

Veronica Mascorro | Interim Reporter


Nine out of ten times, plans fall through; that’s an official statistic that I just read.

Well, OK, it actually isn’t. I might just be a bit salty that my spring break plans fell through, but, if anything, it has made me realize that making plans for spring break is pretty unnecessary.

In all reality, who actually has time for spring break plans with the amount of work we receive? Having a break is really nice, but I know that I would be stressed out the whole trip if I had work that I needed to do, which I do.

I have assignments from all sorts of classes. I have papers I need to write, as well as articles for the Torch and for my journalism classes. And as much as I’d like to say that I’d finish my assignments before spring break, I know that it’s most likely not going to happen, because let’s be honest: who does that? I’m sure I’ll make an attempt on my assignments, but in all reality, I might just wait until the last day to do it, just like everyone else.

Plus, who needs to go to sunny Florida when you could stay in the comfort of your own bed, binge watch your favorite shows and pig out on junk food? And if you’re a person who loves to be with their family, like me, you can spend your whole break with them. Personally, I can’t wait to see my little sister and spend time with her.

We haven’t even talked about the cost yet. Going on vacation is crazy expensive. You have to pay for a method to get to your destination, and on top of that, you need money for food and a place to stay, and additionally extra spending money. Do your bank account a favor and try to not leave it remaining at $0.50.

And let’s be honest, you probably shouldn’t be spending your tax return on plane tickets or hotel rooms. You should probably be saving it up for all the books and access codes you’ll have to buy next semester.

Now, I am in no way trying to be a Debby Downer; I’m just trying to be realistic and the voice of reason that you just might need to hear. We’re all broke college kids who probably shouldn’t be spending the little money that we have.