If You're Not Going To Cabo For Spring Break, Here's What To Do Instead

If You're Not Going To Cabo For Spring Break, Here's What To Do Instead

At Spring Break University, why go anywhere else?

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As much as we'd all love to be sipping on drinks in a pool during a Diplo set under the hot Mexican sun, the reality is you're stuck in Arizona. Maybe you're working, maybe you're prone to sunburns, or maybe you're just a broke college kid like me who's heard way too many sex trafficking and tainted alcohol stories. Whichever it is, stop the FOMO because Arizona is warming up and you'll be doing all of these things here at some apartment building or pool party very soon.

My advice? Blast some tropical tunes and do the following instead:

1. Go See A Show.

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Check out the Songkick app to see your favorite artists performing in Phoenix. Make it easier by syncing your Spotify or music on your phone. This weekend is M3F Fest with headliners like Odesza and Empire of the Sun. Prefer rock over indie? Check out the Innings Fest with Jimmy Eat World, Incubus, Cake, and more! If you prefer rap, Lil mosey is performing at The Marquee this Saturday, March 2nd. Songkick has something for everyone with shows costing as little as $10, so there's really no excuse not to be spontaneous and have some fun.

2. Revisit Your New Year's Resolutions.

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Think back to December when you were thinking of everything you wanted to do differently. Workout five times a week, start flossing regularly, spend less time on social media, and get a 4.0. When school began, everything probably fell out of importance. You said you would only eat Taco Bell once a week, then you were up late during the week studying anyway and it became the only plausible option. Breaks are a time for you to bounce back (cue Big Sean) and revive yourself. Think about what you're like at your absolute best. Who is that person and what makes them happy? Working out releases endorphins and is a great mood booster that I'm definitely going to revisit.

3. Binge Watch The Movies On Your List.

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Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime video have amazing selections. Though you might scroll through and think 'There's nothing to watch!', That's so not the case. People won't quit talking about how amazing the show "You" is anyway that one asap, after all of the Timotheé Chalamet movies of course.

PSA: Space Jam is on Hulu. I know every sorority girl that has done a Space Jame bid day theme hasn't seen this movie, so get on it!

4. Catch Up On Homework.

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Nobody's perfect and goes to every single class for the whole allotted time. If that's you, perfect. Skip this one. I can not tell you how many times I have been in astronomy, realized I haven't been paying attention and then left. Spring break is an entire 9 + days and if you spent a little of each day or one single day being productive with school work, you can get ahead, so when everyone gets back, you'll be free to have fun.

5. Take A Day Trip In Arizona.

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Something that Arizona has that my home state doesn't is the ability to see some amazing things on a day trip. Even in the immediate area, there's South Mountain, Piestewa Peak, Camelback and more. Then we have Sedona, Tombstone, and the Grand Canyon if you're so inclined to make a five-hour drive. Tombstone is a huge tourist spot since it looks exactly like an old town over a hundred years ago when this was still the 'Wild West'.

6. Apply To Internships.

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Homework has taken over all of your time and when you're free, the last thing you want to do is more work. What's supposed to go into a cover letter anyway? This week you have no excuse. For so long I thought I couldn't get an internship because I hardly knew anything about my major, but that's not the case. Many freshmen and sophomores have gotten internship opportunities from networking and putting themselves out there. Most of them know nothing about their major. An internship gives you insight into what you may be doing from day to day at a job after graduation. Take this opportunity now and push yourself a little.

Who needs Cabo or Lake Havasu when we already live in an amazing city? Plus, we can act like we're there when people are posting stories of their every waking moment. Go out and do some fun things for yourself this spring break. Pool season will be here before you know it.

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Top 50 Things You'll Hear A Southern Say

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For those of you who may need a little help understanding the slang of a southern, I made a list of the top 50 phrases and sayings, along with their translations.

1. Bless your heart.

My favorite saying. It is an empathetic phrase that is usually uttered when the speaker believes the recipient to be sweet, but misguided or stupid. It can also be used if the speaker believes the recipient needs to grow up and deal with it, when the speaker says it in a sarcastic tone.

2. Barking up the wrong tree.

Means being misguided or mistaken.

3. Aren't you precious?

Mostly this saying is used in a sarcastic tone in response to someone being offensive.

4. Britches.

Pants or underpants.

An example would be, "Your britches are too short, you can't wear those".

5. Coke.

Regardless if it's Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola, or another carbonated beverage, it's called Coke here in the South.

6. Fixin' to.

Simply means that you are about to do something.

7. Get the short end of the stick.

This phrase means that you basically got an unfair deal or cheated out of something.

8. Give Me Some Sugar.

Simply means give me a kiss.

9. Hissy Fit.

A hissy fit is a grown-up version of a temper tantrum that is as bad as one that a toddler would throw.

10. Hold Your Horses.

Be patient.

11. Holler.

When you say "holler" you are basically letting the other person know something.

Example: Holler at me when you are ready to get something to eat.

12. If the creek don't rise.

This saying simply means that if nothing bad happens, everything will go as planned.

13. You're as slow as molasses in the wintertime.

This phrase means that you are being EXTRA slow.

14. Muddin'.

Off-road four-wheeler riding with the intentions of getting mud everywhere and possibly losing control.

15. Skat Cat.

A phrase that can be used instead of saying "God bless you" when you sneeze.

16. There's Not A Pot Too Crooked That A Lid Won't Fit.

There is someone for everyone.

17. Pitcher.

We mostly mean a plastic container that holds sweet tea, not the position of a guy on the baseball team.

18. Reckon.

When you say "I reckon", you believe that something is true.

19. Hoot With The Owls, Soar With The Eagles.

This simple phrase means that if you are going to stay up all night, you should be able to get early in the morning.

20. Too Big For Your Britches.

Simply means that you take yourself too seriously.

21. Stompin' Grounds.

Your hometown or where you grew up.

22. Back In The Day.

Back in the day could be a month ago, a year ago, or 20 years ago.

23. You're A Spitting Image Of (Insert Family Member).

Yes, I know I'm a spitting image of my mother. "Spitting image" simply means that you look just like someone.

24. "Darlin, Sugar, Sweetheart"

These words are simply terms of endearment.

25. Buggy.

A buggy is a cart/basket at the grocery store.

Example: Who wants to push the buggy?

26. Quit Crying Or I Will Give You Something To Cry About.

This phrase simply means to quit crying and if you didn't then more than likely you got a spanking,

27. Where You Raised In A Barn?

If you are from the South, you have probably been asked this more than once, especially when you left a door open.

28. Close The Door. You Are Letting All The Good Air Out.

This southern heat is nothing to play with. It simply means to keep the door closed so the air (or heat if its winter) stays inside.

29. You Are Going To Make Me Lose My Religion.

When you say this phrase to someone, it more than likely means that person has done something to irritate you or made you mad. Thank goodness Jesus saves.

Example: You are going to make me lose my religion.

30. You Look Like A Chicken With Your Head Cut Off.

This is said when you are running around like a crazy person. It can be said if you are looking for something that you are searching for or if you are just really busy.

31. Y'all.

The southern way to say "you all".

32. You Can't Carry A Tune In A Bucket.

If you've ever been told this, it means that you can't sing.

33. Have Their Feathers Ruffled.

You normally have your "feathers ruffled" when you are pouting.

34. Two Peas In A Pod.

When you and someone else are "two peas in a pod", it means that either you almost always together or that you two are almost identical in the way you think and do things.

35. Well Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit.

This saying can be used when you are surprised or excited.

36. Don't Let The Door Hit Ya Where The Good Lord Split Ya.

When someone say this they typically mean to get out and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

37. You're As Good As Gold.

When you are "as good as gold", it means that you are well-behaved and obedient.

38. It's Raining Cats And Dogs Out There.

This simply means that the rain is really coming down hard. It's not actually raining cats and dogs, people.

39. I'm Full As A Tick.

This phrase means that you ate too much food.

40. I'm Sweating More Than A Sinner In Church.

When someone says this, it means that they are really hot and sweating A LOT.

41. Pot Calling The Kettle Black.

This phrase is used when one person is guilty of the very same thing of which they accuse another person.

42. There's More Than One Way To Skin A Cat.

It means that there is anyways more than one way to fix something.

43. Shut Yo' Mouth.

Means to be quiet or hush up.

44. Whatever Floats Your Boat.

This saying means to do whatever you want to do.

45. Slap Yo' Momma.

This phrase means that something is good.

Example: This BBQ is slap yo' momma good.

46. She's Like A Bull In A China Shop.

When you tell someone this phrase, you are telling them that they are clumsy or careless in the way that they move.

47. Cuttin' A Rug.

Cuttin' a rug is used to describe dancing.

Example: Let's go cut a rug tonight.

48. Clicker.

A clicker is another name for a TV remote.

49. Slow Your Roll.

This also means to be patient.

50. You're A Hot Mess.

When you tell someone that they are a "hot mess", you are simply telling them that they don't have it together.

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10 Things Every UK Student Understands Post-Spring Break

Spring break, we all miss you. Seriously.

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A yearly occurrence, spring break is a week of relaxation, fun, and a time to get away, physically and mentally, from school work, obligations, exams, a never-ending to-do list, and general stress. However, as much fun as the annual break is, the week after when we're all back on campus is a huge reality check. Here are 10 things that every student at the University of Kentucky can relate to post-spring break.

1. It’s nearly impossible to focus on anything

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Spring break is a blessing and a curse for this exact reason. During the break, you feel completely free, but after you get back to Lexington, your ability to focus is gone, still thinking about days when the only thing you needed to remember was if you put sunscreen on or not.

2. If you were in a warmer place over break, the chillier weather of Lexington is miserable

Coming back on campus, while it may be 50 degrees, is far from the 80 your body is used to. Layers and constant shivering is the result.

3. Waking up for 8 AMs got even worse, if that is even possible

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No, it wasn't easy to wake up at the crack of dawn and then walk halfway across campus nearly every weekday BEFORE spring break. Now? That's a joke.

4. If you were at the beach, you are peeling EVERYWHERE from the sunburns you got on your first day

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Peeling off bits of dead skin in public is a really fun time!

5. You are wide awake at 2 AM for no reason other than for the fact that you are used to being up all night over break

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Setting alarms isn't really a thing when you're waking up at the beach every day, in a comfy bed somewhere, or in your own home. We did NOT miss, you Apple ringtone.

6. A 50 minute class that used to fly by (as of 2 weeks ago) feels like an eternity 

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And classes over an hour? Forget about it.

7. Being back on an actual schedule

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On spring break, whether you're at home or on vacation, you usually plan your own days and have little to no academic obligations. Coming back to Lexington the week after the break is a slap in the face. It's like we all forgot that we usually have way more work than we know what to do with, and those Canvas notifications are fully bringing us back to reality.

8. Nope, we didn’t miss walking up the stairs to the third floor of Whitehall Classroom Building one bit

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Even if you worked out over spring break, those stairs get you. Every. Single. Time.

9. Going from restaurant food, seafood, or whatever you have in your fridge and pantry at home to having to go buy groceries and eat at the 90 or champs

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Definitely a rough adjustment, no doubt.

10.  Having to get ready for class

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Whether you spent your spring break in sweatpants, a swimsuit, or ski gear, having to get dressed for class every day once you are back isn't the most fun thing in the world.

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