Break away from your ordinary spring

Guess who’s not going to Florida or Jamaica or any place where the sun shines more than it does here in good old Adrian? This pup!

But you know what? I’m not all that upset about it. I did a lot of moping this past week as I overheard dozens of stu dents talking about their grand plans to go somewhere semi-tropical for Spring Break 2012.

However, I heard even more people sadly admitting that they are just making a short car ride back to their hometowns for the week. After a good belly rub and some hard thinking, I decided that being at home for Spring Break isn’t such a bad thing after all.

The word “vacation” provokes images of sun, surf, and for me, a buffet full of Milk Bones. However, the word “home” implies something even better; family, old friends, and comforts like home-cooked meals and a mattress that hasn’t been used by a fifty other undergrads in semesters before your freshman welcome week.

Try to put a positive spin on it, and think of your hometown as a vacation. I mean, most of you have been living in a single room with another person for the past two months; your home is just a really familiar-looking getaway.

Just because you’re not in a Spring Break hot spot doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun. Take advantage if the fact that a cruel winter hasn’t hit us yet and explore parts of your town you haven’t been to in a while. Growing cities and small towns alike can have new stores and restaurants pop up while we’re here on campus studying really hard.

Not going anywhere also means that you save time and money on traveling, so you could use both resources to beat that video game you want to buy or read the book that’s been sitting on your shelf since Christmas. Brush up on your jump shot. I wish I could, but I’m not even very good at jumping, even without a ball involved.

Hey, we all could use a lot more sleep, right? Try and see how many naps you could fit into a ten-day span. My record is 23. Try and beat me; I dare you.

Overall, being negative about your spring break situation is not going to make you feel any better. And, it definitely will make those days go by a lot slower. Don’t let this happen to you. There’s no reason to be down when there are no classes.

So, no, matter where you go, take plenty of time to yourself to do what is most important to you and what makes you happy. If you did well on your midterms, you deserve it, and if you didn’t do so hot, then you need it. Either way, you should make sure your mood for at least 80 percent of break is relaxed.

It really could be worse, you know. Some people, like Teacher-Ed majors, are stuck on campus all break. To you folks, I suggest you check out “Sauce,” the new restaurant downtown, then get your leftovers boxed and bring them to come hang out with me, because I’ll be stuck here too.

Worse comes to worse, you could put all of the lamps in the house in your living room, throw on your swimsuit, and turn on MTV. I might give it a try; I need to see if my Speedo still fits since last year; summer break is right around the corner! So if you’re really bummed about your spring break now, you can always make up for it with a vacation when May comes around.

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