Spring Break is sacred to us college students.
Some of us get to be whisked away to a tropical location, some of us return to our hometowns and parents’ houses, and some of us might stay at school.
In any case, spring break is a saving grace in the midst of a hectic winter semester, and no matter what you do you won’t need to worry about classes for a week! Whether you’ll be hanging out on a beach, hanging out with your mom, or hanging out with Netflix, here are some tips to make this spring break a memorable one!
1. Treat Yourself
Just as we learned from Parks and Recreation, it’s important to take time to pamper #1 sometimes. This tip can mean whatever you want it to! It’s all about doing what you love doing, no matter what that is. You can watch your favorite movies series in a marathon, order your favorite food and dig in, have a spa day, buy yourself that new game you’ve wanted, and anything else to treat yourself well. Show yourself a little love this spring break- you deserve it!
2. Do Something New
This tip is a bit easier if you’re one of the lucky ones who are flying off to a new place for spring break. Obviously it is a lot easier to do something new in a totally new place, so if you’re taking a fun trip this break, try to add in some exciting plans or adventures! It will make your trip even more memorable, and give you stories to tell friends once you get back to campus. But, even if your spring break plans are less lavish, you can still find ways to do something new! It can be as easy as going into that store in your hometown you’ve never been into, trying your hand at a new hobby, or doing something local but daring like rock climbing (which my best friend loves doing). Why not take the break from classes to expand your horizons and your mind?
Being so busy with school and college life all the time can take up a lot of your mental energy, and sometimes that makes you lose touch with some people (or things, or activities) that you normally wouldn’t. When breaks roll around, though, you can dedicate some of that time to get reconnected with the things that keep you grounded. You could have a phone call with your parents or closest friend, start back up the journal you’ve meant to keep, finish that book that you’ve been thinking about for weeks, or whatever else it is that makes you feel sane and safe. School is hectic (there’s no doubt about that), so breaks are the perfect opportunity to take a deep breath, clear your head, and get back to basics.
4. Have Fun, But Keep It Together
Movies like Spring Breakers paint college spring break as a drug-fueled, alcohol soaked, criminal week. And while I love the film for what it is, it just isn’t my experience with spring break. If it’s how you imagine or are planning your break, make sure you don’t get tied up in as much violence, crime, and addiction as they do in the film. It’s pretty obvious that when given a break, college students are going to let their hair down and let loose (to varying degrees). Breaks are supposed to be about fun! But, don’t let the fun get in the way of your safety or health. There’s nothing worse than spending break sick and immobile in bed, so during your spring break party excursions, keep it together so that you can do the most with your time off!
5. Be Prepared
It’s sad to think about, but classes do start up again after the break is over. To avoid being blindsided by any forgotten coursework, papers, or assignments, keep these things in the back of your mind during break. It could even be a good idea to do a little bit of work during the break to lessen the workload you’ll have waiting when break, sadly, comes to an end. Taking little steps to prepare for the return to normalcy will make the break ending less tragic, and make the first day back that much easier.