4 Reasons to Pass on Spring Break in College
If you’re college experience is anything like mine was, then you’ve been debating for the last few months whether or not you should be spending that thousand dollars (don’t even try telling yourself it’ll only cost $500) on a trip to PCB or if you should be able to buy groceries for the next month. I chose the former two out of five years in college, and I can’t say I regret it, but I want to play devil’s advocate for a second.
I partnered up with Meg over at Margaret Paige to show both sides of the spring break coin — splurging on a once-in-a-lifetime trip (that you can take four years in a row (five in my case)), or making the responsible, mature choice and foregoing spring break to pay your bills on time, maybe put something in savings and probably avoid a jellyfish sting (true story). So, while you’re hating everything I have to say, don’t worry, you can go here and check out Meg’s reasons for giving a spring break getaway two thumbs up.
1. Save Money
This was always the part about going on spring break that kept me up at night. Could I really afford it? Definitely not, but I wanted it. I would say the two times I went to Panama City Beach, each trip cost me about $800 or so. Eight hundred dollars is a lot to a broke 19-year-old, that’s for sure. There are a lot of arguments that could be made about trips like spring break in college being “once in a lifetime”, but my advice is to think about your current situation and do what makes the most sense for you. If you can squeak by, who am I to rain on your parade.
2. Make Money
Other than saving money, of course you can always make money. So, if you have a job, you also need to consider not only the cost of the trip, but the amount of money you’re losing by not working your regular hours plus any extra time you could pick up since you don’t have class. Yes, you do have the rest of your life to work (I can safely confirm that now), but maybe you’ll have one less class paid for by student loans if you just choose to work, save money and even make a little extra. It’s not a popular decision and it’s tough, but you wouldn’t regret it, trust me.
3. Family Time
I’m not saying that you should slave away your entire break and not take time for some well-earned rest and relaxation — you definitely deserve a few days off. Maybe you haven’t been home once yet this semester and your mom is dying to make you a nice dinner, or your grandparents want to ask you about your boyfriend you don’t actually have again. If you don’t have the time to do that when class is in session, take the time to do it now. Those moments are way more important than you might realize, and you’ll always be thankful for them later.
4. Time to Focus on You
Eliminate all the distractions and take a minute for you. When do you ever get a quiet moment for yourself? Probably not very often. While all your friends are away and your apartment is finally empty for a second, just take a breather. I love to meditate when I get alone time. It helps me relieve stress and remember that my health (and sanity) are more important than deadlines and spending money on trivial things.
You guys, spring break really is a great time and I’m in no way discouraging you from going and having the time of your life with your friends on a beach somewhere at least once during college. I only want to remind you of what you already know — you’ll survive if you just can’t swing a tropical vaca at The Summit every year. Don’t feel like you’re missing out or get super sad because I promise you, when you’re closing in on 25 and you’re thinking about life, the last thing you’re going to think is, “Dang it! If I just would have gone to PCB one more time my life would be so much better!”
If you’re rolling your eyes right about now, check out Meg’s post.
Whether you’re still in college or enjoying reminiscing while you read these posts, what’s your take on spring break?