As spring break approaches, you’re probably feeling a confusing mixture of emotions. Dread, for the next week of finals or midterms. Excitement, for the class-free week to come. And most peculiarly, a looming sense of anxiety about how to effectively spend this week of sweet, sweet freedom.
While right now, in the midst of exams, planting yourself on the couch for a full, carefree week of catching up on all the new HBO series sounds pretty appealing, you know that it’ll probably get old after two days. Okay, that’s a lie, but then you’ll find yourself back at school sans spring break stories (unless you count Hannah’s NYC adventures and misadventures in Girls).
So then, what can you do to ensure that you’ll accomplish more this spring break than watching three new television series? Here are a few ideas to make the most of your college spring break.
- Take a trip with friends. You’ll need a little money and planning skills for this. But even if you’ve only got a few hundred dollars to your name and you’re not much of a planner, there are ways to easily vacation on the cheap. Look into camping trips, hikes, or all-inclusive cruises. Choose something nearby to eliminate the expense of the plane ticket. If all goes well, you’ll come back to school with memories of things that you actually experienced instead of stuff you watched other people do on a screen.
- Volunteer. Many places are in constant need of help, even if only for a week. Whether it’s a children’s hospital, soup kitchen, animal shelter, or wetland, volunteering to make your hometown a better place is a productive, eye opening, and generous way to pass your free week.
- Get a head start on summer. For so many college students, figuring out what to do with summer is a major stressor. Kick start your summer plans by researching and/or applying to abroad programs, summer school, or internships. By the time summer rolls around, you’ll have it all figured out.
- Spend quality time with family. If you go to school away from home, you know that family time is scarce, and precious. So, spend the week dining out with your parents, going to movies with your siblings, and relaxing with everyone together. This together time is rare, and growing rarer, so make the most of it.
Whatever it is you choose to do with your spring break, whether it’s productive or purely relaxing, be sure that it’s something you enjoy.