Posts Tagged ‘spring break’
SENIORS SENIORS SENIORS! Can you believe you are already a senior in college? Probably not. Time has flown and you are entering the final stage of your higher education. This year will be full of fun, hard work, and a combination of the two. A smart and fulfilling way to spend your breaks and long weekends is with a good old fashioned college road trip. Here are some ideas to make the most of your journey on the road!
1. Historical sites. Most states have listings of historical sites or parks online. These are absolutely worth visiting if you haven’t already. By designing a mini-tour of your school state, or a surrounding state, you’ll be able to see tons of awesome sites in one trip. You can probably also use your student ID for discounted admission, if any is charged.
2. Camping. Camp grounds are fun, rustic destinations for college kids on a budget. Reservations for a camp ground usually hover around $25 – check with yours before you head out. National parks are also worth looking into – the United States has 58 official protected park areas located everywhere from Florida to Montana.
3. Document it. This might sound obvious since smart phones let us take pictures of everything, anywhere, any time. However, try documenting a road trip in a more “ancient” way – by unplugging and journaling your way across the country. Road trips are notorious for weird roadside attractions, bad fast food, and claustrophobia-induced giggling. Being in a car for hours on end will do that to you. Write it out instead of trying to capture it all on a tiny lens. You’ll be able to read it years from now, even if your iPhone falls into a geyser at Yosemite.
4. Visit schools. If you are considering graduate school, road tripping to your prospective options can be a fun – for real! If you have several friends also considering grad programs, you could all make the trek to visit these schools together. This is a great way to spend your time preparing for grad school by finding more out about the institution first hand.
5. Visit friends. There must be high school friends that you have yet to visit! Road tripping to see their campus and get an inside scoop on their lives is a fun way to round out the end of your college years. Plus, you’ll probably be able to crash on their couch, thus avoiding pricier hotels.
Road trips are great group journeys that don’t cost you an arm and a leg. Just remember to drive safely!
If you just graduated from high school and will be a verdant college freshman this fall, you may or may not be dreading living away from home. Everyone reacts to new independence a little differently, and homesickness is totally normal. For your peace of mind, take a look below at the breaks you have to look forward to. Be sure to check your school’s calendar to find out exactly which days you have off and when your final exams take place. Knowing when you have opportunities to see your family or spend time with friends away from school may quell some anxiety.
Late November. This is probably your first big break from school. Thanksgiving is also typically a super fun reunion weekend with high school friends who are seeing each other for the first time since going away to college. If you’ve got a break on the longer side, consider spending some time bargain hunting: check out Cappex’s 5 Black Wednesday Scholarships!
Late December. Oh, winter break. The doozy of all college breaks. Usually longer and more luxurious than any high school winter break could ever hope to be. Spend it lazily hanging with your family and friends, enjoying home cooked food and not living in a dorm. Give your brain a rest from all the finals and papers you probably just completed for semester’s end. Read a book. For FUN. GASP!
January. Many schools offer what’s called J-Term (January Term) if their winter break extends through the month of January. Schools like the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota offer J-Term travel programs where students can study abroad for the four week break. In fact, St. Thomas requires its students to do this at least once while they attend school. A student can travel to Greece to study archaeology and art or Ghana to study its transition into modernity. What an awesome opportunity!
March/April. Again, your time off will vary by school, but usually spring break is one week long and full of fun. Hopefully it falls right after you’ve gotten midterm papers or tests completed, but sometimes you’ll need to split your time off with time on finishing homework. You can also use this time doing something fun AND productive by doing what’s called an Alternative Spring Break. Basically, it’s volunteer work and you’ll not only feel good doing good for others, you’ll be building skills and experiences.
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Today’s question comes in honor of spring break:
According to STA Travel’s website, 49% of student travelers this year plan to spend more than $699 on spring break trips.
Is spending bank on big spring break travels the way to go or do you think there are more frugal ways to have a great spring break?
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