Spring Break Ideas For 2019

8 Achievable Spring Break Ideas For 2019

Because sometimes, you just need to get away from reality.

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Well, spring break is right around the corner. You are counting down the days until you get a full week of off school, but wait, you have no idea what you are going to do during the break. Do not worry, here is a list of a few things to do during your week off.

1. Go to the beach

The beach is a must during spring break if you can get access to one. You can lay in the sun, get some vitamin D and a good tan. You can also take a swim in the ocean since the water is now starting to get warm again. Plus, this is the perfect time to grab some friends and make a road trip out of it. However, don't forget to use sunscreen and protect your skin from harmful sun rays!

2. Go skiing

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So, what if you don't live by a beach? Well, you can always go skiing in the mountains. For the past few years, I have gone snowboarding in Red River, New Mexico and I have always had a blast. Maybe spring break can be your last chance to enjoy the snow and some colder weather. Plus, it is great exercise! If you do not enjoy the beach, then maybe try enjoying some snow in the mountains.

3. Do activities that relax your mind

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Don't have access to the snow or the beach? You can always try and relax. This is your time to relax, so why not try and go to a cooking class or a cycling class and see if you enjoy them. Spring break is about giving your mind a break from the stress, so trying out yoga or learning some new recipes is the perfect way to do that. Plus, if you're lucky, you might find some goat yoga classes near you! I mean, who doesn't love goats.

4. Knock some things off your bucket list

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Spring break is the time to get some things off of your bucket list. For example, during spring break last year I decided to go cliff-jumping, which is something I have had on my bucket list for a very long time. Plus, it is very rewarding to the mind if you accomplish a task you have had in mind for a while.

5. Start a YouTube channel

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If you have had a passion for film and video-editing, like me, spring break is the perfect time to start a YouTube channel. The great thing about YouTube is that you are able to share your passions with the world and connect with those who have similar interests. You do not need a fancy camera or video-editing software, you can grab your phone and press the record button. It's that simple.

6. Go to a concert

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In Houston, the prime time for concerts is during spring break. Every year, the city hosts the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where they show animals during the day along with a carnival and then hosts a concert during the night. There are new performs every night, so surely you can find an artist that you enjoy. So grab some friends, put on your boots, and head down to the rodeo.

7. Go shopping

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Spring break is the perfect time to test out a new wardrobe. It is your chance to dress up a bit more, and possibly test out new fashion trends. If you are having trouble getting outfit ideas, try using your favorite celebrity for guidance or look on Pinterest. Once you did a bit of shopping, try putting new outfits together and go out with some friends. Don't forget to take some new Instagram pictures, of course.

8. Try out photography

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Interested in photography, or photo-editing? Try picking up your phone or your camera and go take some pictures. You can take pictures of your friends, your family, or even take pictures of your dog as I did. Improving your photography skills can be a stress-reliever and it promotes creativity. Test out different filters and editing styles as well while you are at it. You might find that you're a natural, and can turn it into a business. A little extra cash will not hurt.

Hopefully, you find a spring break idea on this list that appeals to you. Go outside, find new hobbies, or do something productive with your week off! Enjoy your spring break.

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I Learned Forensic Science In One Day For HOSA SLC 2019 And Still Placed Top Ten

We all have those days where we have to cram for an exam you know nothing about the night before, but have you tried to study for it the day of the exam? I never knew I would find myself in this situation until I went to HOSA SLC. With minimal study time, my partner, Kasey Park, and I were still able to place in the Top Ten in Georgia.

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As a member of my school's chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), I went to SLC (State Leadership Conference), where members all over the state of Georgia come to Atlanta to compete in a variety of competitions in the field of Science and Healthcare. All members can pick only one competition to participate in, and the guidelines and rules for each event are posted on the HOSA website.

The event I chose was Forensic Medicine, which requires a team of two people to take a written exam about Forensic Science (Round 1) and write a death report for a case study (Round 2). You must pass Round 1 to move on to Round 2. I worked with a good friend of mine, Kasey Park, for this event. HOSA recommended two textbooks to study for the event: Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations 2nd Edition and Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Fourth Edition.

Kasey and I both had the books, since Winter Break of our sophomore year (2018-2019), and we both agreed to start studying during winter break. Instead, we both completely forgot about it and when we returned to school after the break, we knew we still had time to study, since SLC was in March. We made a game plan of what chapters to read and when to read them, and we agreed to meet for reviewing the chapters we read. But, it didn't happen.

This procrastination continued about a day before we needed to leave for SLC, and we both realized we needed to study two thick textbooks in about 24 hours. We both knew at this point we just needed to cram as much information we could possibly fit into our brains.

The way we crammed was we both read the textbook as fast as possible and absorbing information as we go. Even though will not understand everything, we can still get a lot of information that can help us do well.

We studied on the way to SLC and before the Round 1 exam, so we can have the best chance possible when taking the test. My partner and I took the Round 1 exam during the afternoon, and we both we did alright, but not good, so we were worried about whether or not we made the second round. We got a notification in the evening that we made to Round 2. Kasey and I started to study all night and during the morning to cram as much information as we could. A little before noon, we took the Round 2 Case Study Test, and we thought it was a breeze.

Since we finished our event, we could finally hang out with friends from our school, as well as students from other schools. I meant so many new people at HOSA SLC. The next day, we went to the award ceremony, and my partner and I did not get in the Top 5, so we were not recognized. But later we were informed that we got 9th place, which we were happy with since we did not study very much for this exam.

From my experiences ar HOSA SLC, I have learned many things and met many new people. I would recommend that if you have a testing event, you should start to study prior to SLC to give yourself the most amount of time to study before the test. I feel that cramming last minute at SLC is ineffective and very stressful. I also think that you should try to meet new people since the conference is for members all over the state of Georgia.

If you are a middle or high schooler, I would recommend attending HOSA SLC, as it will be a memory you will never forget.

Joel Lee
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