Spring Break 2009: Blast or Bust?


Spring break is here -- will you be playing volley ball on South Padre Island, hitting the slopes at Vail, volunteering locally, working or whiling your time at home?

Spring break is here -- will you be playing volley ball on South Padre Island, hitting the slopes at Vail, volunteering locally, working or whiling your time at home?

For the last few weeks and all through the month of March, colleges and universities across the US will be in spring break mode — that week long recess students and faculty look forward to each year. Many students like to go away while faculty members typically stay local to gain much needed rest.

This year’s blast may turn out to be a bust for many students who have a reduced fund from which to draw money from to pay for their trip. Dreams of flying to Cancun, Panama City, or Puerto Rico may have to be shelved. If they’re lucky, they’ll hitch a ride and go with a car full of students and drive to South Padre Island or maybe visit a ski resort.

If your break is nearing and you don’t yet have plans, you have several options to consider including:

Working — Unemployment may be on the upswing, but temporary workers are always needed.  This can be a good chance for you to scout out the limited number of summer jobs too. Who knows, but that temp job could call you back for the summer. Or start a web business and monetize it with ads.

Volunteering — You can’t find a job and you aren’t going away, so why not volunteer? Your church may need to have some work done or maybe a local food bank could use your muscles. You’ll be contributing a valuable service to society and gaining a warm fuzzy feeling that you made a difference. Oh, don’t be shy to ask for a letter of recommendation from the manager before you leave.

Vacationing — If you still want to go away and you have some funds available, consider this: airfare is down by about 40% on many routes this year. The money you save on airfare could cover your share of the room. Or, at least buy you some decent meals!

Study — That’s right, catch up on your assignments over spring break. More than likely you have a term paper or senior paper to write, why not make use of the time and complete this important project? You’ll remove a lot of stress from your life.

For most students, this year’s spring break will be a lesson in frugality, one that can serve them well later in life.  Plans are always subject to change, so learning how to adjust with these changes is something that brings about personal growth.

Photo Credit: Martin Boulanger

Adv. — If you’re planning to return to college but you don’t think that you can juggle family, work and other responsibilities with learning, why not consider online education? Millions of degrees have been conferred over the past decade to students who embraced distant learning. You can too — visit SayLearning.com to find out how!


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