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College students announce spring break escapades

March 9, 2012

“I’m looking forward to no classes for a week,” comments freshman Brittney Pfenning-Wendt on the annual week off.

Indeed, most of us are looking forward to a week without classes or homework. Spring break is anxiously awaited by everyone; that one week for traveling out of the winter climate and to somewhere warm or just relaxing and spending time with family and friends.

Spending time with family is what freshman Kayla Edstrom looks forward to the most about her week off. Most college students certainly have many stories to share about their spring break plans. Be it their fondest memories of their free week in March or April, or what they hope to do in the future for their break.

Spring break is a nice time off from the normal responsibilities and hectic schedules of everyday life, but it is also a time to create memories that will last a lifetime. My personal favorite memory was my spring break during my junior year of high school.

I traveled with my band to the beautiful island, Puerto Rico. Leaving the 30 degree weather of the Midwest and arriving in 90 degree San Juan felt great; spending time sightseeing and just having fun with friends is something I’ll never forget.

Edstrom and Pfenning-Wendt both share a similar memory. Edstrom’s favorite spring break memory was from her senior year of high school. “I went to Disney with my band,” Edstrom said about a fun vacation that she will always remember.

Pfenning-Wendt states that her favorite memory was also a band trip during senior year. She traveled internationally, spending her break in the beautiful country of Italy Freshman Cara Szymanski’s favorite memory includes both her family and a fun vacation to Florida.

“I went to a retirement village in Florida called The Villages to visit my favorite aunt and uncle. I absolutely loved it and wished I lived there.” Spending time with family that you don’t see very often, especially somewhere warm, has long been a favorite memory of many individuals.

But that is not to say you have to travel somewhere in order to create new memories. New memories can be created right in the comforts of home. Szymanski doesn’t have major plans this year for spring break. She simply looks forward to cuddling with her kitty, Duncan.

I am sure many college students who have a pet they miss while at school share in this same excitement. It is a great way to relax over break and not have to worry about classes or homework.

As this next spring break comes and goes, many college students look forward to making plans for the coming years for their precious week off. Freshman Katie A. Wilson hopes to make it to Florida one year and spend the week in a warmer climate.

Florida is a popular vacation spot among many students and families on spring break and continues to attract tourists from all over the country. Szymanski would like to do more than just go to a warmer climate. “Anywhere in Europe would be so wonderful and exotic,” Symanski said.

I agree; Europe would be the ultimate spring break. I suggest taking advantage of a trip to Europe at some point when you can afford it. I am sure there is no one here on campus that is not counting down the days until they can go home for a week or hop on a plane to somewhere warm like Florida or even somewhere exotic like Europe.

It will come fast, but it will also go fast so enjoy it while it lasts. As always, make good decisions and be safe. But most importantly, enjoy your spring break, River Falls!

Cristin Dempsey is an English major and music minor from Eagan, Minn. She enjoys writing, playing the flute and swimming. After college she would like to pursue a career as an editor.

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