Spring Break Staycation

St. Scholastica's Student Newspaper
The Cable
By: Kate Murphy - Student Journalist -
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Florida, here I come!

Nope. I lied.

For some of us, we're not going to a beach resort over spring break. Now what? Luckily, it doesn't mean you have to spend the entire week Facebook stalking tropical pictures while crying into your wool sweater in order to fight off the constant, bitter cold of March. Here's a guide to different options for those of us homeward bound for the much needed mid-semester break.

Work. Talk to your boss from your summer job a week or two before break starts to see if you could get some extra hours. If the cards don't work in your favor, ask mom or dad if you can work at their offices. Your friends may come back with a glowing tan, but their wallet will be empty. You'll come back to school with money in the bank.

Spend some time with your family. Appreciate the time you have with your family! You don't get to see them very often any more, and once you graduate, who knows where you'll be? Your parents will really appreciate the bonding time. And let's admit it - mom and dad aren't as "dorky" or "lame" as we say they are. Besides, we all know the best part about being home (besides the extra-plush toilet paper) is the home-cooked meals.

Catch up on homework. Yes, that may seem like a joke, but it's a great time to actually get caught up. It's nothing compared to frolicking on the beach, but doing your homework will definitely make the time go by faster. An extra bonus is that you'll actually have time to relax once you get back to school. Your bronzed friends on the other hand? They'll be stressing out that they didn't study for the upcoming exams or the four-page paper that's due.

RELAX. In fact, the most important thing one can do over break is to sleep in. Let your body know you are sorry for all of the times you stayed up ‘til the wee hours of the night. On your marks, get set, nap! If sleeping in isn't your thing, still give your body some attention. Go to the spa and treat yourself to a "Me Day." How about spending time on the couch with a bowl of popcorn, a bag of M&Ms, and Netflix? Or picking up a book you actually want to read? While it may seem like you're wasting away your days, your body and mind will thank you in the end.

While most of us wish we could bask in the sun or learn how to surf, don't be dismayed if you're not. Even though I would love to be on the white beaches of Florida instead of the white snow piles of Minnesota, there's nothing more heartwarming than being home.

Ta ta for now,

Kate