When it comes to college, it seems like everyone’s working to make it to the next break. After months of tests, homework assignments and late-night study binges, spring break comes as a welcome respite, and given the diverse conglomerate of students who attend MSU, it should come as no surprise that the plans people have made for this long-awaited vacation fall on a large spectrum of tasks and to-dos.
Or alternatively, nothing “to-do” at all.
“I’m going back home,” said Steven Yik, a sophomore studying electrical engineering and Japanese. “I plan to hang out with friends and not much else. School has been kind of stressful, so I think it’ll be nice to take a break.”
The simplicity in Yik’s answer is a breath of fresh air. Surrounded by endless deadlines and due dates, it’s easy to forget to relax and take it easy. We like to schedule our lives and check off our calendars, but sometimes enjoying life simply comes down to letting life live itself, letting go of the reins so you can sit back and kick up your feet.
Some people aren’t kicking up their feet at home, though. Ingrid Peng, a sophomore studying pre-nursing, has some grander plans.
“My roommates and I might be going to Miami,” she said. “Beaches and tan lines will definitely be a nice change of pace!”
Going south has become a staple for many college students’ breaks; a nice way to leave your troubles behind, both figuratively and literally.
After a frigid winter, lying under the sun on the soft, warm sand, not a care in the world, sounds like a tantalizing proposition.
At least one other person is going a little further down south. Vamsi Kurakula, a sophomore studying finance, is heading on a trip to Honduras as a part of Global Brigades, a nationally recognized student-run volunteer organization. He’ll be working in conjunction with the people there to promote local businesses, set up bank accounts, and generally help people manage their money.
“It’ll be an interesting experience,” said Vamsi. “This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this, so I’m excited. And, I mean, a little nervous. But I really hope, in working with people there, to make some sort of difference, and learn a few things myself while I’m at it.”
Vamsi’s proactive approach is not uncommon for college students. Many others have decided to spend their spring breaks volunteering one way or another across borders or still within them.
“I get to go to West Virginia this spring break,” said Sarah Chang, a sophomore studying human biology. She’s part of ASB, or Alternative Spring Breaks, an MSU founded group with service projects around the world. “I’ll be helping out at the Gesundheit Institute, a medical center created by a comedian that helps children.”
Both ASB and Global Brigades recruit students from across the country for their missions to provide support for those who really need it—economically, medically and architecturally, to name a few. These organizations are part of a growing trend in college, and they offer nice contrasts to the selfish, party-going image many picture when they think of college students. In truth, there is no one “type” of college student, especially here at MSU. Every person is different, and every spring break has a unique story. Whatever your plans are, whether you’re staying at home and recharging your batteries in preparation for the dreaded finals or going abroad to volunteer, just make sure your spring break is uniquely yours.
Ben Lin is a junior studying professional writing and looking to pursue education. In addition to writing for ing, he is also part of the writing teams for MSU Telecaster’s TURN and SideShow. He really likes flannel.