20 Fun Things To Do Over Spring Break

20 Fun Things To Do Over Spring Break

Make this the best spring break yet!
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Trying to figure out what is the best way to spend your spring break? But you don't want to burn a hole in your pocket by traveling to some tropical place? Here are a few fun and cheap things to do that won't break the bank.

1. Spend a day exploring a nearby city

Cities can be full of exciting places that you never realized were there. Hidden parks, quaint coffee shops, chic restaurants and amazing boutiques are just some of the possibilities of what you may find!

2. Go to the beach

It may be chillier than normal, but it will still feel like a vacation. It's off season for the beach; so, prices for hotels and houses will most likely be a lot cheaper. Plus, it will not be as crowded. This gives you the opportunity to take long walks on the beach and boardwalk and enjoy your favorite place without a crowd of people around constantly.

3. Go hiking/ on a long bike ride

Is there that one hike you have been wanting to do for a long time but have never gotten around to doing? Is there a bike route near your house that everyone has been talking about? Consider doing one of these two things if it is not too cold or windy.

4. Thrift shop

Since we are broke college students, mall shopping just really is not an option. Go thrift shopping for some cool new spring clothing, or hunt around for a new decoration that can go in your dorm room.

5. Take pictures

Grab your camera or phone, and snap a few pictures of things that you do not take enough time to stop and notice. Keep an eye out for sunsets and maybe wake up a little early one day to see the sunrise. Then print them out and hang up in your dorm room.

6. Read a book

No. Not your textbook. Not the assigned reading for class. An actual book that hooks you in and keeps you mesmerized until the end. A book that you can thoroughly enjoy from start to finish without having to take notes on the plotline and character development.

7. Visit friends or family out of state

Maybe you have a few cousins or an aunt who you rarely get to see. This would be the perfect time to go see them and stay a couple days. Some one on one time can be great and this is the perfect opportunity to do so.

8. Go see your friends who do not have spring break

Travel to wherever one of your friends goes to school, and stay a night or two with them. You get to see what their campus is like and meet some of their friends.

9. Google “Top Things to Do in (Your State)” and do them

You would be surprised at some of the interesting places there are in your state and you never even knew about. This can help you to appreciate the state in which you live a little more.

10. Go home with one of your friends

Meet their family, see their hometown!

11. Bring home some of your friends

Let them meet your family, and show them all of the cool hangout spots that you used to love.

12. Take a road trip with no planned destination

Grab some cash, get in the car, turn on the music and start driving. You never know where you will end up. It could be a complete bust or end up being one of the best experiences you’ve ever had.

13. Visit your high school

Remember that teacher who you promised you would come and visit? Keep your promise, and go see them. Take them coffee or a treat, and make their week!

14. Start a garden

You might be saying “It’s still winter!” But really there is no better time to start. Weed that old flower bed, and commit to having a garden this summer. If you don’t do it now, you never will.

15. Take your grandparents out to lunch

If your grandparents live nearby, ask them if they would like to go out on a lunch date with you! We never spend enough time with the people who allowed for us to be here. It is always great catching up with them and sharing old memories.

16. Offer to babysit, work, clean, etc.

Some of these things might just sound too costly for you. Call up people you have worked for before, and let them know you will be home and that you are willing to work! No family is going to turn down the opportunity for a date night. Then you have some extra cash in your pocket for when you go back to school.

17. Go on a service trip

Now, I understand not all schools have this, but at my school, there are several service trips offered over spring break. They are cheap, typically to warmer climates, and serving people for a week is such a good way to spend a break!

18. Bake and cook

Make some yummy goods that you can bring back to school with you and eat on those days where all you want is a home cooked meal.

19. Spend quality time with your family

Breaks are an excellent time to just be invested in your family. It is hard to stay connected. Take this time to just love them and let them love you back.

20. Sleep

Because as college students, we know that we never, ever can get enough of this.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Your Health Journey Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint

Perfection takes time.

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When you first start to do something, you have all of the motivation in the world to accomplish that goal set out in front of you, especially when it comes to being healthier. The problem is as you continue through this journey and food and laziness kick in, motivation slips. It's human, and it happens to everyone no matter how physically strong they are.

Trying to be healthier doesn't always mean losing weight. It can be so your knees don't ache as much, so you don't feel as out of breath climbing stairs, or any goal you have set for yourself. Being healthier is personal and different from person to person.

I will be the first to admit that there are plenty of changes I would love to make about myself. From my weight to my body type and many other things about myself inside and out. I am by no means the most confident person about how I look, but I have worked hard for the past year to be an overall healthier person.

Becoming healthier isn't about looking thinner or fitting into a specific size of clothes. It is about taking care of yourself from eating better to working out more. There comes a feeling of confidence in what your body can do if you put a little love in it.

Perfection takes time, and I know firsthand how frustrating trying to be healthier can be.

Pizza tastes so much better than salad. It is so easy to fall into a rhythm of something that seems never to change whether that is your weight or your mile time. Sadly, you can't build a city, or become healthier overnight.

We see people who are thinner, curvier, smarter, faster, and so much more than us. We all waste time comparing ourselves to people around us and on our timelines, but some of our biggest strengths are our individuality and the gift of getting back up after falling down.

All I can say is, please don't give up on your goal of being healthier because this is solely for you. We can have a great support system in the world and have everyone in our corner, but that isn't enough.

You need yourself. You need to know that if you don't entirely put yourself in this journey, then you won't fully succeed. Your commitment to bettering yourself can keep you going even if you want to give up.

Your motivation may not be at its peak level right now, and you may have every cell in your body screaming at you to quit. Don't do it. Prove to yourself that you can keep going no matter what. Not giving up will be worth it. The results and taking the hard way will make you a stronger person inside and out.

You can do this. You can do anything you want to accomplish if you just believe in yourself. You need to understand that becoming healthier takes endurance. There will be periods where you slow down and may not be going at your fastest pace. The difference is that you are not giving up and you are still trying and moving.

Don't treat becoming healthier as a sprint: short term and quick. That mentality will only leave you feeling deflated and defeated. It is a life-long marathon of pacing yourself and pushing yourself further than ever before.

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