Take a Break This Spring

Resumes or relaxation? Mini-mesters or mani-pedis? Scholarship applications or staycations? This is the season in which most overachieving busy-bodies and perfectionists alike are just itching to immerse themselves into a pool of productivity and work, but this may not be the best course of action for a week dedicated to dalliance. Over the course of the New Year, spirits are most optimistic about getting ahead, and one may have internally debated the decision of how to spend spring break. Based on said debate, it can be determined that a recess is necessary. Many people may come to the same conclusion for these two reasons: there are no more breaks until summer, and this is a time for intense self-care and a chance for a strong return to the semester.

From preschool to university, spring break is the last mid-semester break of an academic year. It is the last opportunity to digress and de-stress before being bombarded with the responsibilities of the remaining semester, such as late-night studying for exams, participating in extra-curricular activities, or taking a part time job. This time is important as students and faculty sadly reflect upon the fact that summer is a ways away. Before being embraced by the warming sun and the comforting idea of successfully completing another academic year, they must first endure the stresses that the school year brings. Furthermore, rest from any activity is essential to its success; as one allows for his or her mind and body to process the abundance of new information received and recover from the strain he or she is placed under during extensive periods of activity, including school and career building. Enjoy this tremendous week, free of instruction, responsibility, and stress by doing leisurely things that promote both mental and physical rehabilitation and the chance to return to the semester with focus and energy.

With that in mind, spring break is a phenomenal time for a little TLC. One way to get the most out of this break is to sleep in. Due to busy schedules and responsibilities that take up most of the day, many people find themselves going to bed late and waking up early. While this, for most, is essential and often obligatory, it is nice to have the option to rise as early or as late as desired. Catching up on some much needed sleep will prove effective when returning for the semester, as it will supply your mind and body with energy and allow for better concentration and a happier mood, all of which are essential in academic success. Besides, this form of relaxation is completely cost free.

Another potential course of action would be to travel to a new place. Whether it be another country or that new outlet mall an hour away from town, a new experience in a new destination will produce a variety of benefits. These new environments will provide a feeling of adventure which will motivate those growing bored with their everyday routines. Traveling also allows for one to clear his or her mind and focus on the environment, thus eradicating overthought, anxiety, and stress. With this clear mind, people are able to think more rationally about their plans for the remainder of the semester.

Finally, spring break grants sisters, brothers, cousins, daughters, sons, best friends, and best-best friends the freedom to watch movies together, play together, eat together, and spend time together. Most people find comfort and relaxation when they get to spend time with loved ones, as these are the people who know them best. It is important to take advantage of time with those you don’t get to see often.

Taking a breather from school for this week will bring productivity and energy for weeks to come. After all, this is the last break for a while, and recess is necessary. Return to the semester relaxed, refreshed, and ready for the work and pressure it will bring. Take a break this spring.

Written by Ashley

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To Travel or Not to Travel?

It’s the tease before the summer, yet the gladly welcomed rest after returning to school from winter holiday. Spring Break is a weeklong siesta/fiesta that is the turning point for the semester. Many observe this holiday by traveling to beaches around the country to party away the stress from school. Others take the opportunity to answer the call of Jesus and go on mission trips to various cities, states, and countries around the world. Whatever one chooses to do, it is always a sad occurrence when the end of the week draws near, and it becomes a realization that the break can’t last forever.

So before this post gets sappy over a short-lived holiday, let’s talk about the options everyone has. There isn’t a perfect way to spend the break. Depending on who you talk to, millions of ideas could be brought forth on how to best spend your time. Some people party or go on mission trips as stated before. Then, you have those who choose to go home and spend time with family and others who choose to take a class to get ahead.

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Personally, I’ve never been a homebody. When it comes to traveling or going on an adventure, I am the first to volunteer for the ride. It always amazes me to see what sites and experiences lay just outside my hometown. Knowing that the plan is never written in stone creates a sense of wonder and adrenaline inside my bones. However, for many, this is a golden opportunity to sneak away and spend some time resting with their families. They get to sleep in their own beds, or the couch if their room has been refurbished, and have the blessing of a home-cooked meal. It’s a week of bliss and love at home.

Whether you are ahead, behind, or right on track with your major, an extra course can serve as another hill easily conquered on the road to a degree. Who wouldn’t mind spending one week to receive the one to four credits that they would otherwise earn in an entire semester? Yeah, it’s one week meant for rest and relaxation, but it is quite a bit better than the alternative of spending an entire semester over something that could be accomplished in five to seven days. Being an education major myself, I definitely plan on taking advantage of this time in order to take care of a general course requirement.

So whatever you plan on doing for this week of potential euphoria, make it a worth your while. The world is your oyster, and the only thing holding you back is you, or money if you’re a poor college student like me.

Written by Maddison

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