By Raven Ash
Spring Break gives college students from universities all over the world a break from academic responsibility.
This week-long break placed midway through the spring semester, allows students to be relieved from stress and spend time with friends.
After cramming their brains with all of the information they have learned during the semester in order to succeed on the midterm exams, many students pack their bags for a vacation destination.
In fact, Spring Break has even created its’ own industry. Spring Break travelers have the luxury of their own travel agency vacation packages, hotels, large organized parties and events specifically to be enjoyed by college age travelers during Spring Break traveling season.
An article by U.S News states that the top 10 Spring Break destinations for last year were:
- Cancun, Mexico
- Miami Beach, Florida
- South Padre Island, Texas
- The Bahamas
- Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- Puerto Rico
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Panama City Beach, Florida
While many college students do gather in popular vacation spots during Spring Break, the media has done its part in creating a negative stereotype surrounding a college student’s academic break. In movies like ‘Spring Breakers’ and ‘Mardi Gras Spring Break’, Spring Break is portrayed as a week full of extreme behaviors. However, several Hawks disagree with this stereotype and say they will be spending their week differently.
Many university students will be heading home this break to spend time with family.
This Spring Break, the Quincy University softball team is going to play it safe.
“During Spring Break we are going to play in Florida. We plan to leave next Wednesday at 1:15 a.m. We are driving to St. Louis and then flying out from there. We will be there for four days, I think, and we will play two games each day we are there,” Michaela Spanbauer, softball player, said.
Some Hawks will be using their free time to make some extra cash. Spring Break gives those students who wish to work an open availability for that week.
“That week I will be working. I will have to work at both Transitions and Texas Roadhouse. Then I will celebrate St. Patty’s day that weekend,” Dallas Garcia said.
Other Quincy University students will be following tradition and spending their time on a week-long vacation.
Several members of Delta Tau Delta, along with a few nonmembers will be heading to the beach.
The group plans to start off their break on March 8th, with a 20-hour drive until they reach their destination, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“Our plans are to meet new people and hang out on the beach,” Conner Kelty,Delta Tau Delta member, said.
This year, Quincy University Spring Break will begin on March 10th and run through March 17th. On March 18th, classes will be back in session and refreshed students will continue to aim towards their degree and finish off the academic school year.