Spring break should be one of the high points of your year. With this ritual upon us, I want all of you who are still in school to have a fabulous time. In my college days, I noticed that friends either came back from spring break thrilled or thrashed. To avoid the latter, sidestep these three break botchers.
Just Chatting on the Airplane: If you are flying to your destination and have homework due when you return or a big test bearing down on you, I’d suggest doing your work en route. A lot of my friends just chatted on the plane, but then they had to use some of their beach and pub crawl time holed-up in the hotel room completing assignments. Others pretended they didn’t have work on break and had to pull all-nighters when they returned. Instead of being energized after the break, they were exhausted.
Running Barefoot on the Beach: If you are going to a beach for spring break, be careful of glass camouflaged by sand. I saw a girl go running barefoot on the beach as soon as she arrived and badly slice her foot on a piece of glass. This put a damper on the rest of the trip for her and everyone in her group. Unless you know that your beach is combed daily, consider wearing sandals.
Don’t Drink Yourself Over a Barbwire Fence: I have done several university book events, so I realize that some students don’t like to hear how unsafe it is to get drunk. I don’t want to sound like your mom, but it’s important to be in control of yourself. I’m not saying that you can’t drink at all—just watch your alcohol intake. One spring break, I met a guy who got so drunk the night before that he lost his group. As he wandered about aimlessly trying to find his hotel, he hopped a fence. In his inebriated state, he didn’t realize that it was edged in barbwire and wound up on the ground bleeding profusely. Fortunately, some people found him and took him to the hospital…but the ending could have been much worse. You can still be the life of the party without winning a drinking contest.
I hope this year is your best spring break ever!