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Spring Break Stay-cation

Stuck in your dorm over spring break? Don’t be too bummed out. Instead, take this time to focus on yourself and simply relax. If you have no idea what to do with yourself, forget cabin fever—there are a few things you should take advantage of while you have the time! 

Since you are saving all that money not tagging along on a beach vacation, don’t be afraid to splurge on yourself a little bit. Think about buying a new pillow; spring break can be one of the best times for you to catch up on all that sleep that your college student self has been missing out on. Why not be even more comfortable than normal? Also, considering that you hopefully take advantage of the beautiful city you live in, you may want to spend a little extra on that week long metro pass. You’ll thank yourself later when you don’t have to constantly wait in line to refill your card. Pick up a few groceries while you're out, so you can brush up on your culinary skills! Since many people won’t be in the dorm or your apartment, you’ll have the kitchen to yourself. Cooking can be very therapeutic and relaxing for some, and you’ll also get an awesome homemade meal that you truly deserve after months of TDR. Put aside those schoolbooks for part of this week, you know you’ll need a break from studying at this point. Instead of reading all about the marginal productivity in your macroeconomics book, go out and get that silly romance novel that you have been secretly dying to read. It will not only be a fun read but it’ll also be a great brain break.

If you are reading this and cringing at the thought of spending time by yourself on campus, there are a few other things you can do. You can invite a friend from a nearby school to come visit you, or take a few days to visit him or her. Inviting your parents or extended family (because you know you secretly miss them) is another option, too.

Feeling extra spontaneous? Plan a trip to the Big Apple with your fellow DC stay-cationers. Not only could you have a great day in the city, but you can also become much better friends with your fellow peers! You can get a bus ticket as cheap as $40 for a round trip. That's chump change compared to the amount you would spend if you went somewhere tropical for spring break, but you will still have a great time! 

The list of things to do in the District is endless. Hit up the Kennedy Center to see a show or take the bus into Georgetown to check out all those vintage shops you’ve been dying to go to since the beginning of the semester (and pick up a Georgetown cupcake!). If you are into music there are a ton of great options for you as well. Search all of DC’s awesome music venues such as the 9:30 Club or the Verizon Center to see a concert. If you want something more low key, there are often musical performances at little coffee shops like Bus Boys and Poets. 

If you're dreading the thought of staying on campus, you shouldn’t be. There are so many fun things that you can do right here in DC that you wouldn’t be able to at home. Now remember: you don’t want to just write off these days like they are nothing—it's your last real break before summer. Take advantage of the time you have and enjoy yourself. You deserve it!

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