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How To Spend Your School Vacations Right!

August 28, 2015 in Campus Life, Travel

College Spring Break

College Spring Break

Like most college students, University of Rhode Island Rams are excited for spring break, Thanksgiving break, and just about any excuse to have off from school. Most students will travel home during breaks, but some will choose to travel with their friends. At URI, students usually travel to Mexico for spring break or even Florida (if they’re over 21). Whatever the destination may be, traveling during breaks seems to be a must. In addition to the destination, transportation is just as important. Please be reminded that URI is in the middle of nowhere and is sometimes a hassle to travel to and from. This is true for a lot of universities therefore planning ahead of time is really important. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck with a horrible seat or even traveling at an unreasonable time because you waited too long to book your traveling arrangements.

This spring break, students will be traveling to Mexico (most likely) with other college students. This includes students from URI, but also from 10-20 other colleges and universities. From personal experience, if you have not had the opportunity to go on one of these spring break trips…DO IT! You won’t ever get the chance to sit by the beach with hundreds of other college students, soak up the sun, and drink yourself into a week of unforgettable memories. It’s not always fun and games, but if you go with a good group of people and are there to enjoy yourself (be prepared to get five hours of sleep total), you’ll have a blast.

Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break

Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break

There is also an alternative spring break option for most students at colleges and universities, which I do not think is taken advantage of. Sometimes programs like Habitat for Humanity host alternative spring breaks where they bring groups of students to areas around the United States and build homes and/or schools for underprivileged families and communities. I think this traveling option is productive and a great way to get involved in and around the community. Besides, if you choose to travel somewhere else in the US, you won’t technically be going home. Isn’t that what school vacations are all about?

For other students who are just traveling home for breaks, make sure you purchase your plane, train, or bus tickets in advance. I’ve heard of people waiting until the last minute to purchase tickets and they’ve either missed out on going home or have had to pay a ridiculous amount of money just to get home. Know your exam/work schedule well in advanced in order to book your tickets. Luckily for us Rhody Rams, the Amtrak is a five minute drive from campus. These trains go to just about anywhere and are a convenient way to travel home. Public buses area also available on campus and travel to the city of Providence multiple times a day. The best piece of advice I have for students trying to travel home during breaks, is to book their tickets and reservations a few weeks or even months ahead!

Traveling while your in college is a great time to explore and learn about yourself and others. As much as I encourage people to study abroad, if some are unable to, traveling during school vacations is a great idea. We are lucky enough to have breaks that range from two weeks to five weeks during Christmas time, therefore we must take advantage of it all. Whether its going to Florida and having some fun at pool parties or going to Cancun with the rest of your university, traveling during breaks is a great idea and should be enjoyed by all college students!

Getaway Spots for College Students

April 15, 2015 in Alive Campus, Travel

Taking weekend trips is ideal for college students looking to break free from the stress of school. There are so many different and exciting places FSU students have the option of visiting when they wish to escape from the beloved city of Tallahassee for just a few days. I personally love to travel during breaks or simply for a weekend trip when my wallet is intact. Here are a few suggestions for affordable and exciting getaways:

Universal: Universal Studios has recently expanded their attractions significantly by adding an entire new Harry Potter section, which connects via train ride from the Islands of Adventure Harry Potter side. I went recently for my spring break and was baffled by how realistic they’ve made these attractions in comparison with that of the movies, so be sure to visit! Florida residents and FSU students receive discounts on tickets, and hotels are always generally reasonably priced. If you stay at the on-site hotels, you receive express passes all day to skip the regular lines. It’s certainly worth the extra money!

Harry Potter World

Harry Potter World

Disney World: Disney is probably my favorite place in the entire world, despite all of the little kids running around screaming for Mickey and ice cream. Florida residents and FSU students often receive discounts on hotels and tickets depending on the time of year, so take advantage while you can, because those Disney prices certainly are not going down! But I promise, it’s still worth it. It’s only about a 3 and a half hour drive from Tallahassee, which calls for a long weekend getaway.

Music Festivals: I attended the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale this past weekend, which consisted of country bands playing all day on the sunny, sandy beach. It’s a two-day event in which singers such as Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Jake Owen take the stage. Beer and food is sold all day long, but be prepared to wait because it gets absolutely packed. Music festivals are great for the spring and summer months, especially for college students who enjoy the party scene and dressing in funky clothing.

Tortuga Music Festival

Tortuga Music Festival

Cruises: Several students will go on cruises during their spring break, usually on Carnival Cruise Line since they offer great prices and the food is all-inclusive. I have been on Royal Caribbean cruises during my spring break quite a few times and would highly recommend it to other students. The cruises usually leave out of Tampa, Miami, or Ft. Lauderdale, so you will have to drive if you choose this route for summer or spring break.

New York: I always go home to New York for winter and summer breaks. However, several students who live in Florida fly there around Christmas time to see the tree/ lights/ etc., which is always a great choice for vacation. New York City never gets old. There are two airports to fly into in NYC, making it easy to find an affordable price if you search hard enough. My suggestion is to drive to a city like Jacksonville or Orlando since the Tallahassee airport has sky-high prices.

New Orleans: While I have never personally been to New Orleans, I know several FSU students that have gone for sorority and fraternity retreats, or just for the weekend. Mardi Gras is a huge event that students will take advantage of during the month of March.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Panama City Beach: This is only for those who enjoy the party scene at its best. At about a 2-hour drive from Tallahassee, students will go for either spring break or spring weekend. Spring weekend occurs in the middle of April and is basically just a weekend full of students drinking on the beach.

Transportation: FSU students are always open to carpooling in order to save gas money. There’s even a page Facebook specifically for FSU students looking for rides to south Florida for those who want to go home for the weekend or fly out of another airport. The Red Coach bus is also a convenient way of traveling to and from south Florida. It has free wifi, outlets, and tvs for entertainment during the long ride, in addition to recliner chairs. It’s a little pricey, but well worth it.

Red Coach Bus

Red Coach Bus

With a variety of options to choose from, it’s time to start planning your next getaway! Next stop: summer!

Shopping Malls in Boston

March 10, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Travel

If a student gets accepted in a college located in Boston, MA then there are a lot of activities to do and a lot of restaurants to visit. Boston even has a lot of shopping malls that college students can enjoy. Some of these malls are Cambridge Galleria, Dedham Mall, Faneuil Hall/Downtown Boston, and Prudential Center.

Galleria Shopping Mall!!

Galleria Shopping Mall!!

Cambridge Galleria: This mall is located at Cambridge, MA and it has a lot of activities/stores to explore. From sears to Banana Republic, this is a place to visit and get your shopping done, even window shopping. There is a food court that has many fast food stands like Mc Donald’s, which I do not recommend for various reason, and Saku Japanese Food that I highly recommend because they have great chicken teriaki and sushi. Let’s talk about the stores at Galleria mall, as mention before, there is a Sears which has everything that you might be looking for such as clothes, shoes, house appliances, and much more at a great price. There is also an Old Navy, which has great tops, jeans, and dresses.

Dedham Mall: If you want a similar shopping experience as Galleria Mall in Cambridge, but want to change the location then go to Dedham Mall. It has similar stores, Sears, Old Navy, and it even has TJ Maxx. This mall is small, but it has all the necessary stores you would need to get your shopping done. There is even a DSW Warehouse located next to TJ Maxx that would get your shoe shopping needs fulfilled. Dedham Mall is closer if you live in Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Hyde Park, and Roxbury of the City of Boston. As a college student, this is a great way to get to know Boston, especially if you are not from Boston.

Faneuil Hall/Downtown Boston: Downtown Boston, the place everyone goes to for eating, shopping, school, etc. Faneuil Hall is close to Downtown Boston, so both are busy areas. At the main center of Downtown Boston, there is another Tj Maxx, Marshall’s, and H&M. Popular places to go shopping, in the same street there is a DSW shoe Warehouse and Payless, which have lovely shoes at a affordable price. All malls are crowded, but Faneuil Hall/Downtown Boston are not malls, but shopping districts.

Prudential Center: Shopping at Copley Mall, the person would need to have a lot of money. The Gucci store is located at this mall and many other brand stores that are great, but really pricey. Unless you are a rich person or can afford to buy at least one item, then this is not a mall for you. Even though, the shopping experience would be disturbed by the tourist who are ALWAYS stopping every five seconds or are walking very slowly, they could even be doing both. A lot of students like to go to the food court to eat and spend some quality time with their friends.

There are many shopping malls in the City of Boston that should be explored by college students who have decided to attend college in Boston. All of these location can be accesses by using the MBTA. 

Spring Break Destinations

March 6, 2015 in Alive Campus, Colleges, Events, Travel

In the spirit of spring break being this coming week (for some college students) or the following week, I have decided to write about popular destinations for spring break. Here are the top 4 places that college students must go, at least once, before graduating from college.

Spring Break 2015!

Spring Break 2015!

Miami, FL: I know that for some college students this may be an overrated place to go for spring break, but if you want to experience the feeling of a real spring break then this is a must go destination. Going to the beach, enjoying the nice weather, especially if you live in a state where it is cover with snow (I live in Boston, MA). Miami is also a place where the night life is active. If you enjoying going to the clubs, drinking (if you are 21 or older) or enjoying the music and environment then this is a great place to go. If you want to have a great time without going to the clubs then going to theme part like Islands of Adventures or Disney Downtown is a great way to spend some of your spring break.

Acapulco, Mexico: This is another popular place to go during spring break. Some may say not to go to Mexico because it has become a dangerous country, and it is true, but if you do decide to travel to Acapulco, just travel with cautious. Despite its dangerous environment, Acapulco, is a wonderful place to travel to. It has wonderful beaches and the weather is great. Since this is a popular destination for spring breakers, then there are a lot of parties and events happening during the month of March, for college students to enjoy. Acapulco is also tourist friendly, so it is okay to travel to Acapulco without speaking Spanish.

Las Vegas, Nevada: If you want to have a great time then going to Las Vegas is another must go. I know some of the people reading this might had already traveled to Las Vegas before with either their family or with other people, but going to Las Vegas for spring break is another unique experience. There are the casinos, clubs, and other activities that are fun and enjoyable to do. If you want to have a once in a life time experience then go to Las Vegas for spring break.

Puerto Rico: This is another destination to go to for spring break. Like Miami, Puerto Rico has wonderful beaches and at night, there are many clubs and activities to do that will make you wonder why you have not travel to Puerto Rico before, at least that’s what the reviews say, but like every review they can be wrong. So just go to Puerto Rico and experience it yourself!

There are many places to travel to for spring break, but deciding which one is the most fun to experience is difficult. As a college student, it is necessary to travel to one of these four destinations at least once before graduating because you will have the wonderful experience of a college spring break. 

Break Time in College

November 29, 2014 in Travel

Spring Break

Spring Break!

 

There is probably nothing a college student looks forward to more than the 5 or 6 breaks they get during the school year – especially if they are going through a particularly hard semester. Most schools have Thanksgiving break, winter break, spring break, and of course, summer break that come just in time for students when they need a break from their work or school atmosphere. Here’s what to do and where to go when your long awaited break approaches:

Thanksgiving break: Most students who live far from home head back to their hometown for the very first time for their Thanksgiving break. Most people spend this time with their family because it’s Thanksgiving, and they usually get some shopping done for Christmas because Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. The night before Thanksgiving is a HUGE night for people to hit their local town bar because everyone is home from school. If you head to the favorite bar in town your entire high school is probably going to be there.

Winter break: Winter break is about a month long, so most students dedicate this as time to work more and save up some money before they head back to school. Some lucky people go on vacations with their families to escape the cold weather, and there are usually school trips through the college that students can go on where they can earn credit and experience another country. Students also spend time with family because of Christmas and New Years falling on this winter break. I know some people that also do winter session courses to get ahead for graduation which can be online or at the actual school.

Spring Break: This is THE break of all breaks – and you should definitely plan to do something for this time off! Spring break usually falls at the very beginning of March, and comes just in time to give students that extra push to get to the end of the semester. Students usually travel somewhere warm and exotic – because what else would you do on Spring Break?! The most popular place would probably be Cancun, Mexico, and other popular destinations include – Miami, Bahamas, Cabo, and anywhere else that is warm and has a fun night life. The best way to do these trips are with a large group – possibly your entire grade or most of it if you go to a small school. If you decide that you want to go to one of these places with a lot of people, it’s best to find a program that gives you a discount and that will provide a safe trip.

Summer Break: This break means different things for different people. If you’re a freshman, sophomore, or junior, your break will probably consist of hanging out with friends, working a part time summer job, or doing an internship. For Seniors, this break isn’t fun and games anymore because they have to start their job search. So, if you’re a Junior, live up your summer break before you have the pressure of a job search on your back! This is also a great opportunity to find a fun internship that you can work at full time because you wont have classes or work to do – and they will probably pay better than a part time job you would usually at work over the summer.

So, take advantage of your breaks and plan something fun to do! Even if you have a ton of work to do over breaks, make the best of it and try to squeeze in some relaxing and exciting activities! It’s also a good idea to take advantage of these breaks and to travel as much as you can, because you might not be able to when you finally land that full time job after graduation!