“Where are you going for spring break?” Currently this is the go-to conversation topic amongst friendly acquaintances making small talk between classes. This year, answers are ranging across the globe, from Miami and New Orleans, to Dublin and Rome. But while most of my friends are either going home or jetting off to exotic destinations, I will be spending the week right here in good ole’ Boston.
At first I was kind of bummed to be stranded on campus for the week, but the more I think about it, the more I come to terms with the fact that it is definitely the best choice for me this year. Here are the top five reasons why it’s perfectly okay to stay in Boston for spring break.
1. Save some money
After spending last semester abroad, it’s safe to say that my funds are running a little on the low side this time of year. I’m sure that if I had gone away with my friends, I would have spent a considerable amount of cash on lodging and transportation. I may miss out on a fun trip away with friends, but this way I can start saving up now for spring break senior year, a vacation I will certainly not want to miss out on.
2. Catch up on schoolwork
I am the first to admit that between midterms, extra-curricular responsibilities, and the hunt for a summer internship, staying up to date on reading and long-term assignments often falls to the bottom of my to-do list. Being on campus alone for the week will allow for the opportunity to catch up on all the work you may have slacked off on during the first part of the semester or get a head start on the assignments you have to come.
3. Spend some quality time at the Plex
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has fallen victim to overcrowding at the Plex during busy hours. It can be a real struggle trying to snag a treadmill or a spot in spin class when campus is in full force. Take advantage of BC’s deserted campus and enjoy some serious one-on-one time with your favorite piece of equipment.
4. Have a little “me” time
As much as I love spending time with my roommates, sometimes I just need some time to unwind by myself. I may be a little lonely without the girls, but having my suite in Edmonds all to myself for a week will also mean extra long showers, hogging the stove, and blasting my iTunes whenever I so choose.
5. Enjoy Boston
Just because I am not leaving Boston doesn’t mean I can’t make it a true spring break destination. A week of no obligations means the opportunity to explore parts of Boston I have yet to see, like the MFA, or hit up some of my favorite spots, like Newbury Street and Beacon Hill. Maybe I’ll even crash for a night or two in the city for a sleepover with my sister.
For those of you traveling over break, have fun and be safe! If you’re sticking around campus, I’ll see you around!