The 7 Stages of Staying Home For Spring Break
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The 7 Stages of Staying Home For Spring Break

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The 7 Stages of Staying Home For Spring Break
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1. Why is everyone going on vacation in the middle of March?

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Okay, maybe not everyone thinks this. But for someone who has their head stuck in the stand 90% of the time (cough cough...me), seeing your other classmates post pictures of plane wings and fancy waterfalls is quite jarring in the middle of March. It usually takes a few of these pictures for it to sink it...oh, wait, it's spring break season.

2. Oh, wait, it's spring break. When everyone takes fancy trips.

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You start to wonder if it's too late to book a plane ticket. Not necessarily to somewhere in the Caribbean or in Europe-just anywhere. To Montgomery, or Toledo, or Mesa. Anywhere with something that looks cool on Instagram.

Then you check your bank account. Reality sinks in. You're not going anywhere this break.

3. But it's okay, I have lots of fun things to do, too!

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You don't have to travel to have fun. There's lots of great things that you can do at home. Such as:

4. Getting to work on some financial aid applications.

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FAFSA isn't going to do itself! Neither are the scholarship esays (or the loan applications when you fail to get the scholarship essays done in time). Spring break is the perfect time to get that money stuff out of the way so that you don't have to worry about money over the summer.

5. And catching up on my sleep.

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If a college student was asked to list the things they were short on, "sleep" would probably be on the top of the list. (That and "cash," of course.) A spring break at home is the best time to make up for lost time-assuming that you don't have plans, of course, what's stopping you from sleeping until 1 pm? Or taking a power nap in the middle of the day? Or staying up all night to sleep during the day? The possibilities are endless.

6. Or work on my writing, or my homework, or all the other things on my unmoving to-do list.

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If you're like me, your to-do list is always the same length during the school year because you are always concerned with school/what's on TV. With all this extra time you have during spring break, it's the perfect time to catch up on the things you need to do for yourself, your family, or your creative pursuits. If, of course, you're not sleeping.

7. Oh, well.

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Maybe next year, I'll have enough foresight to plan a cool spring break trip, too. For now, Instagram stalking and trips out to the backyard to take out the trash will have to be enough.



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