It’s currently Day 4 of spring break (I know it’s early – for some reason, Lehigh University enjoys planning spring vacation when there is still snow out!) and this is probably one of the first times I’ve opened up a Word document. This year (same as last year), I had some extraordinary plans for spring break – but for procrastination and budgeting issues, the planning did not go according to schedule and my awesome spring break did not happen. So for this week, I’m at home relaxing and catching up on my studies instead of being in Florida. I figure I’ll post some of the Spring Break ideas I’ve had while I have some time to myself!
SPRING BREAK IDEAS
These are the stereotypical college spring break vacations. Fantastic beaches in Mexico or unforgettable memories backpacking trips in Peru, the most luxurious spring breaks are usually far far away from your university. I know – the first thing that pops into most students’ heads are the life-savings-depleting price tag that are usually associated with these trips. However, here are many ways to get around this problem. My friend managed to fund his multi-week backpacking trip across Western Europe through photography and fundraising websites. My university offer projects that send students to Cambodia, Uganda, and many other exotic prices for a very subsidized price.
While there are ways to get around a heavy price tag, it is difficult to find those loop holes. However, budgeted vacations can be just as memorable. These are actually the kinds of vacations that I thrived on. I find that the difference between a “luxurious” vacation and a budgeted vacation is a plane ticket (and expensive resorts). Packing your mom’s mini-van with a bunch of friends and driving off to Texas (I’m from Pennsylvania) can probably be just as fun as flying to Texas. I can’t say for everyone, but I would also enjoy backpacking through the Appalachian Trial and camping around Pennsylvania.
Spring breaks can be spent professionally rather than leisurely. Lehigh University has an externship program during the winter break where students are sent to shadow professionals in companies around the area. Although I have not heard many people doing this, it will be beneficial to reach out to companies asking to shadow. This is especially helpful for underclassmen so they have a better sense of what they wanted to work in. Companies are more likely to accept externs because they have less of a commitment.
This goes without saying, spring break is a valuable time to study ahead. You have a week of free, undisturbed period where you can concentrate purely on your studies. During the semester, most people are encumbered by club meetings, homework, and other commitments; it is difficult to find a low-stressed period where you can focus on your subject. Perhaps you can actually enjoy your studies.
Spend time with the family:
Last but not least, spending time with your family is probably the most valuable way to spend spring break. Think about it, after you graduate you’re going to have very little time at home with your family. It’s very depressing to think that there are very little weeks where my entire family will be together at one time. Even though spending time with the family seems less exciting than the Grand Canyons or the Florida Keys, your family are the most important people in your life!