Holidays and breaks of any kind are ALWAYS welcome on a college campus. How you spend those breaks though can be some of the most or least memorable moments of your college experience. The fact that, despite a want/need for more, breaks don’t come that often so making them count really does matter a lot. So how do you spend your breaks to make them count so you don’t ruin your chance at some really awesome college memories?
- Long Weekends
Long weekends like Martin Luther King Jr Day or Memorial Day are pretty much down for whatever. Most students just spend them hanging out with friends or family. MLK Day has a lot more service project options such as community clean ups and things of that nature. However, Memorial Day tends to be a bit more of a party weekend. Despite these being obvious options, I mostly find myself back home with my family (though that happens less and less with each year I’m in college), spending some quality time with friends I don’t get to see that much due to conflicting schedules every other day of the semester, or even a nice relaxing weekend just spending time catching up on lost sleep or homework.
Thanksgiving is a bit different. Though it’s only about half of week (for SFA at least), it’s pretty different from a long weekend break. A lot of students, whether they live in residence halls or apartments, will go home for the break so they can spend that time with their families. There are those who choose to or have to stay in town due to home being too far or just not wanting to go home. SFA has an option to stay on campus for that time for a bit of an extra fee. I personally go home to spend time with my family and to generally get out of town so that I don’t get tired of it.
Christmas break is one of my personal favorites. As opposed to Christmas break in high school, you get an entire month off from class. It’s a good time to get in some extra hours if you have a job, some time with the fam, or even some much need rest after a stressful week of finals. Personally, I stay at my apartment until about the week of Christmas and then head to my home town to spend that time with my family. This year, however, I will going to Austin for New Years with my roommate to celebrate the New Year and my birthday. It’s a nice little change of events, which is needed every now and then so you don’t get bored during break.
- Spring Break
Spring break is probably the biggest and most talked about break in most colleges. It is the most notorious holiday for college students is almost like a rite of passage for most people. It’s not really a break most people do unless they’re in college, so you might as well live it up while you can. Most people I know seem to plan at least one summer at PCB (Panama City Beach) but honestly that just isn’t my style. The past two spring breaks I’ve spent doing nothing really. The first was spent with my family, but because my sister is in high school, she was in class, and both my parent’s worked, so I was pretty much alone all day during spring break. This past year me and my roommate went out of town on a day trip to a zoo and shopping. Still nothing too adventurous, but this year we have plans for something much bigger.
Summer break is a perfect time for a job or internship. I personally have a job helping my university introduce freshmen and new transfer students into our campus. It’s been amazing and I couldn’t ask for a better job. Though not everyone gets such an awesome opportunity, it is a good time to get some experience under your belt.
Don’t be afraid to go out and get a job or just to sit around the house or whatever you choose to do with your breaks. When it boils down to it, the memories you make are your own and no one else’s. Do what makes you happy and you’ll have the fondest memories to look back on.