Spring Break for the Working Student
Start writing a post
Entertainment

Spring Break for the Working Student

6

Spring break is fast approaching and all your friends are excitedly talking about their plans to go to South Padre and party it up. Jealousy sets in. The bills on the kitchen counter continue to haunt your apartment, and you are stuck at home working.

Take a breath. You’re ahead of the curve.

Just think, after college, there will be no weeklong school free recess to mark the occasion of changing seasons. It’s not the end of the world. You are not only saving money, but you are saving yourself a nasty sunburn and a hangover. Not taking a spring break getaway doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your break.


Make it your goal to relax and decide how you want to use your free time during your break. Despite the depressing mental picture you have of yourself drooling on your desk in your cubicle while everyone else sips margaritas in Padre, you too will have some free time for margarita sipping and relaxation.

Be realistic with yourself. If your goal is to finish your twelve-page research paper, consider changing it. If you must, finish a few pages of your paper, but commit to some YOU time. Think of what’s relaxing to you, whether it is reading, sewing, bicycling, swimming or just veggin’ out in front of the TV. Make time for your hobbies. Set a goal to read a book that you have been dying to rip into or take time to accomplish some fun projects.

Here are a few inexpensive ideas for planning your break time around your work time:

Movie night: It is probably a given that if you’re home during spring break you will watch a few movies or binge-watch some of your favorite shows on Netflix. But you should also enjoy some flicks that will get you in the spring spirit. Give some of these movies a try:

Hot Tub Time Machine: Four friends (John Cusack, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry) looking to have some fun in a hot tub that turns out to be a time machine, taking them back to their younger days. From an adult perspective, they learn about their ‘80s selves and find ways to make their lives in the future more fulfilling. 

Euro Trip: Best friends Scott and Cooper (Scott Mechlowicz and Jacob Pitts) journey to Europe after their high school graduation to meet up with Scott’s pen pal. The pen pal turns out to be a hot girl who has fallen in love with him. They meet up with twins from their high school and journey through Europe on an adventure to find Scott’s love interest.

The Last American Virgin: An ‘80s film about a group of friends coming of age in high school. The movie chronicles their experiences with sex, drugs and partying. The plot is driven by Gary’s (Lawrence Monoson) love interest in Karen (Diane Franklin), and Gary’s shy romantic endeavors with Karen that ultimately cause a rivalry between the friends.

The Way Way Back: Duncan, (Liam James) is a shy fourteen-year-old loner who is forced on a summer trip with his mom and her boyfriend. After journeying to the vacation spot, he stumbles upon a water park. In his boredom, he asks the manager if he can work there for the summer. The manager (Sam Rockwell) befriends Duncan and helps him overcome some of his shyness to form new friendships. Meanwhile, Duncan’s mother (Toni Collete) and her boyfriend (Steve Carell) face relationship issues.

Adventureland: After graduating college, James’ (Jesse Eisenberg) parents cannot afford for him to attend school in New York as he had planned. He gets a job at a local amusement park for the summer to earn enough money to move to New York, where he falls in love with his coworker Emily (Kristen Stewart) and spends much of his summer learning lessons in adulthood. 

Treat yourself: Use some of that hard-earned money to treat yourself. Go get a haircut or buy a new read to improve your morale. Don’t stress about spending a few bucks on yourself either. You work hard, so bask in the glory of responsible adulthood.

Cultivate new friendships: Just because all your friends are out soaking up the rays all day on the beach doesn’t mean you are the only one staying home for the break. Ask someone from work-or a friend you haven’t seen in a while-to go out for a drink with you. Enjoy gossiping and discussing your mutual spring break-left-behind-angst.

Do something Pinteresting: Take a look at all those DIY projects you have pinned and find some blossoming new ideas. Go to the craft store and relish in the Pinteresty-goodness.

Enjoy the natural beauties of spring: Get some fresh air. Go camping, hiking, bicycling, running or whatever outdoor sport tickles your fancy. Pot some spring flowers to put in a window or porch. Go to a local state park or wildlife refuge. Outdoor activities are inexpensive, and a little time in the sun will get your mind reeling with the possibilities of spring.

Dance the night away: Go out to a club and release some of your pent-up energy (that you normally use on schoolwork), to take over the dance floor.

Road trip: Jump in the car on your weekend off and find some new places to explore. You don’t have to spend a bunch of money on gas or lodging. Stay in your great state and find museums you have never experienced or new shops and restaurants to enjoy.

Are you still fretting over your spring break plans? No matter what you do, enjoy the break from your normal routine and find ways to spice it up. You don’t have to blow money to have fun during your break, and you’re not the only student working to get ahead over the week off. So enjoy some homework-free relaxation that won’t break the bank.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

78998
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee
nappy.co

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

154978
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments