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Spring Break: Life is Not a Beach

It’s that time of the year again when the weather starts to get warmer and students are ready to escape from the classroom and hit their favorite beaches.  While most of you will be visiting places like Cancun, Florida or Jamaica soaking up the sun rays wearing sexy bathing suits I’ll be spending my spring break at home watching television, and you know what?  I’m okay with that. Just think about it.  I know going to some exotic locale may seem more enticing but spending that week or two at home relaxing could be just as great, I think the idea of staying home has become overrated throughout the years.  Lets look at how staying home stacks up to going on vacation.

 

1.     Money, Money, Money: Going on vacation costs money, sometimes it can cost a lot of money.  A lot of money is something I DO NOT HAVE. I’m a college student living on a “Ramen noodle every night” budget much like the State Farm commercial and there is no way I could afford a vacation especially at this point in the school year.  Lets not forget more money will probably be spent during the vacation itself.  I think I might spend my spring break looking for an odd job to make money; however I’m not sure who would be willing to hire a college student for only a week.  Oh well at least I’ll save some money or spend it on an iPad.

 

2.     A little R & R or lack thereof: In my experience with going on vacations I have always had to wake up at hours like seven or eight in the morning.  Now I know everyone’s experiences are different but in my opinion if I’m on vacation then I want to wake up whenever I want to.  If I decide that I want to wake up 11 instead of eight I should have that option.  Going on vacation involves being out and taking in the sights so that might mean you’ll be out all day, which could leave you pretty tired.  If I’m at home and I feel tired I have the luxury of being able to take a nap even if it is at nine in the evening.

 

3.     Catch up on your favorite shows:  I have no shame in admitting that I watch a lot of television and I enjoy it.  While at school with studying and a social life I might miss some of my favorite shows.  I would not get that chance if I were out on vacation.  While some of you may be out swimming with the dolphins I’ll be on the couch wearing my favorite pajama socks watching the Maury Show or True Blood (although I’m sick of vampires in pop culture).

 

4.     Solitude sweet, sweet solitude: If there is something that helps me maintain my sanity it’s those moments where I have peace and quiet.  While in school there’s so much going on that it seems like you could never have a moment to yourself.  Going on vacation would not give me the opportunity to have peace and quiet.  Now don’t get me wrong I love being around other people  but I would need some time (like a week) to myself. 

 

On a final note finishing the spring semester strong is extremely important.  One way I like to do that is to just clear my mind and get a lot of rest during spring break.  If I were to go on vacation I would be exhausted when it’s time to return back to school.  Maybe I’m just complaining but staying home is not such a bad thing.  If you have the opportunity to go on a nice vacation then do it.  If you’re spending spring break at home like me don’t feel bad just enjoy it and take it for what it’s worth.

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