It’s time for spring break

Bradley Hoffman

Before booking that flight to a land of endless drinks, loud music, seven-people-to-a-room accommodations, fast food consumed between the hours of 4 and 9 in the morning. and probably baseless, illogical, alcohol-fueled arguments with your closest friends, ask yourself, why do you want to go there?

Every spring break, college students from around the country flock to various beach towns in Florida and Texas where they rock n’ roll all night and embarrass themselves all day. Somewhere between waking up at noon and vomiting on the walk back home, there’s supposedly a good time in there. The memories of these good times are half-formed to begin with and further deteriorate almost immediately, so concrete proof these good times actually exist are speculative at best.

Spring break culture is a nasty trend of heavy water side drinking by day and unflattering attempts to “hook up” in black light dancehalls by night. It’s as if a whole population is temporarily reduced to gluttony and sexual urges, a cog in an instant-gratification machine that gets spit out after several days to recoup what is lost and get back to work. For some, that’s a very appealing idea.

Instead of doing what the travel industry expects you to do, consider doing what you, as mature, young adult, might genuinely enjoy. Compromise that desire to completely check out for six days with a plan to accomplish something, anything. I’m not telling you to spend five hours every day of break studying or even spend any time doing something school-related. But, do something that you do not normally have the time for during regular semester: read leisurely, build something, watch a good movie (or several), exercise, go camping, visit a museum. Do something over break that’ll benefit you even after classes resume.

Michael Miller, a 2011 graduate, offered, “If you have a heavy load and you need to catch up studying and doing homework, you should take care of that first.”

So it seems some students weren’t just dead-set on shunning the books and soaking up some booze over spring break. Miller himself never indulged in the kind of tour de drink spring break we so often see on television.

“I would have to at least spend part of the time catching up. I also never had the money to go out on any crazy vacation or anything.”

But, even if you have some work to do, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the time off.

Miller adds, “I think even if you decide to stay back to study and do homework, you should also still take some time to relax.”

Myself, I’ll be working on a couple personal projects that my usual schedule hasn’t allowed me time to do. Sure, I’ll give myself liberal leeway with my bed time and likely have a few late starts to the day. And I’m sure I’ll have a couple extra drinks some nights. But, I won’t drown the entire week off in margaritas and hangovers, relying solely on social media posts and incoherent text messages to piece together memories of a wasted week.

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