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Spring Break Expectations vs. Realities

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at JMU chapter.

The last week of school before spring break starts is filled with homework, exams and daydreaming about the following week’s plans. However, for most of us the reality doesn’t exactly live up to the white sand, turquoise ocean fantasy we’ve been entertaining in our heads. But if you’re feeling bummed about sitting at home instead of in a beach chair, just remember that you’re not alone. Here’s a list of 8 spring break expectations versus their realities.  

Expectation: “I’ll go to the gym everyday.”

Reality: You think about going to the gym, but staying in your pajamas and fuzzy socks is just so much more appealing.

Expectation: “I’ll work on the projects due the week we get back.”

Reality: Netflix has an autoplay feature and the next episode of Friends starts in 3…2…1

Expectation: “I’m going to spend all of my time with my  high school friends.”

Reality: None of your breaks line up so you spend most of your girl time with your mom. Not that you don’t love her but, you don’t think she’d appreciate your crazy party stories very much.

Expectation: “I’m going to go on vacation.”

Reality: You’re stuck in your house while it’s 10 degrees and blizzarding because after breaking open your spring break savings jar you’ve come to the conclusion that a barista’s salary is not sufficient for a round trip to Cancun.

Expectation: “I’ll get to sleep in every single day.”

Reality: You’d forgotten how much your parents value the phrase “early bird gets the worm” and now you’re wondering why you’re up before the sun is.

Expectation: “I can stay out as long as I want.”

Reality: Unlike your RA or landlord, your parents actually care what time you’re getting in. Especially at 2am when you realize that your JACard won’t open your front door.  

Expectation: “I can’t wait to eat a home cooked meal.”

Reality: Apparently your parents are much busier than they were before you went to school and unfortunately, that means you’re gonna be fending for yourself in the food department. Does mac n’ cheese count as home cooked if you make it in your own kitchen?

Expectation: “It’s going to be so nice to be home.”

Reality: While relaxing at home is nice for about 48 hours, you quickly realize why you were so excited to move to a new place. Catching up with the fam was fun, but when the time comes to head back to school you are most definitely ready.

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Aleixka has a B.A. in Media Arts and Design and a minor in Spanish from James Madison University. She loves all things books, traveling, food, and photography.