It’s that time of year again, the temperature is rising, flowers are blooming, and everyone’s mood is changing. It’s Spring Break, and most possibly the greatest week of students and teachers lives.
It’s a time to get away from homework, tests, and projects and start having fun. Even though Spring Break is an opportunity for students (and teachers) to let loose and have fun, it is important to maintain a modest level of safety and responsibility.
Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind to have an enjoyable (but safe) week off:
- DON’T forget to wear sunscreen. Spring Break vacation destinations are usually outside, on a beach and out in the sun. So, unless you particularly enjoy getting sunburned and/or early onset skin cancer, be sure to bring the sunscreen. Also, if you are planning on working on your tan, set an alarm on your phone just in case you fall asleep. You don’t want to wake up with a horrible burn or a strange tan line.
- DON’T get arrested. Yes, spring break is a time where you want to cut loose and have fun, but you aren’t going to have any fun if you’re locked up in a jail cell for the night/week.
- DON’T be careless with your belongings, as in, don’t leave it somewhere unattended or with sketchy locals…that is, if you hope to bring it back with you.
- DON’T constantly update your Facebook status during Spring Break. You’re supposed to be having fun, not updating your status 24/7.
- DO drink plenty of water. Extended time in the sun and excessive consumption of sodas can cause dehydration. Do your best to pace yourself, and drink some water in between your drinks and stints in the sun.
- DO budget your money. Don’t go crazy and spend your money on stupid things you don’t really need like shell necklaces and other obnoxious souvenirs. Just spend your money wisely on the things that actually matter. Like sunscreen. And water.
- DO keep safety first. Don’t light things on fire or jump to anything from any kind of height. Just don’t. Also, be careful of who you’re walking with — ladies in particular. Going with a strange group of guys that you just met by yourself probably isn’t the wisest. It might sound lame, but why not use the buddy system? That way you can look out for one another.
- DO take lots of pictures. You’ll want to remember your break for years to come, just don’t get carried away and take a hundred pictures of you and your “bestie” up close making ridiculous faces that are not nearly as attractive as you think they are. Pictures can last a life time, but you’re not going to enjoy yourself if you are spending more time doing that than anything else.
Hopefully, these do’s and don’ts will help you have a fun and safe break. Just remember to enjoy yourself, because Spring Break is only a week long and will be here and gone before you know it.
-By: Aleigha Archie