What does your spring break look like?

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What’s your ideal spring break like? Puerto Vallarta Mexico, Bahamas, Miami Florida, attending a concert, or maybe even sleeping for days and just relaxing? Here are the top 14 things to do over this Spring break!


1. Catch up with friends

What’s better than to catch up with old friends from home? Spend time with each other, catch up, watch a movie… whatever!

2. SLEEP

Every college student needs sleep, especially after a stressful week of midterms! Catch up on sleep and relax!

3. Spend time with family

Whether you live five, ten or three hours away from home, watch your favorite tv show together, have family dinners or spend a night out at dinner telling your parents how stressful midterms are…

4. City

Whether it’s Boston, NYC, Miami or Philly, take a day trip with friends from home, college friends or family for the day/weekend!

5. Hiking

Take a hike with your dog, friends or family if it is a nice day.

6. Visit High School


Visiting old teachers can’t be so bad! Take the day and see some familiar faces in your neighborhood!

7. Offer to work


Ask to babysit to make some extra cash, or ask the place you’re employed at to work some extra hours!

8. Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day


If your spring break happens to fall on Saint Patty’s Day, have fun with friends, go the parade or spend time with family!!!

9. Catch up on Netflix


Spend time catching up on Greys, Jane the Virgin, 90210 or Gossip Girl!

10. Spa Day

For all the ladies out there who are just as stressed out as I am, maybe use an avocado mask

11.Baking/Cooking

What’s better than baking cookies with friends, helping mom cook dinner or have a day where you just bake because why not!!! Who doesn’t love baking? (Even though this is me and my friends from Christmas!!)

12. DE-STRESS

Take a few hours to relax your brain. Take out a coloring book and just color while listening to soothing music!

13. Beach

If you live somewhere warm, take the day and hit the beach… what’s better than taking in a little sun!

14. Take a Vacation


MEXICO, BAHAMAS, PUERTO RICO, DOMINICAN REP., VIRGIN ISLANDS; Wherever you end up going, ENJOY!!!!!


No matter what you all end up doing, enjoy a relaxing spring break 2017!!!

5 Unique College Spring Break Trips

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Now that March has finally arrived, we have one thing on our mind: Spring Break! Whether you’re a senior and an expert in all things rest and relaxation or a freshman about to embark on your first major college vacation, we could all use some unique college spring break trip ideas! We picked our top 5 that will leave you saying in awe (and will be light on your wallet).

1. Washington, D.C.

Sure, you may have visited the US Capitol on your 8th-grade field trip, but we promise that DC is so much cooler than that. Whether you’re into politics, history, or city living, the working center of the States is calling for you to visit again.

The food scene in D.C. is why you go. With so many great bakeries, in particular, you can spend an entire week tasting famous cupcakes and donuts. But outside food, there’s museums featuring an almost endless amount of things to see and learn for FREE! Use your college ID to get a huge discount on other, paid museums when necessary. It’s the main reason why D.C. wins our vote as a top frugal destination.

 

2. South Padre Island, TX

Fans of the popular HGTV show already know about South Padre Islands and how its residents and Texas locals love it. For newbies, here’s the rundown: sandy beaches, surf-worthy waves, warm weather, and tons of cute little boutiques and shops.

It’s easy to see why it’s a college student’s dream destination when you just want to get away from it all. If you have a big group, such as a sorority, consider renting one of the many homes listed on Airbnb or similar sites. Many include access to water gear like jet skis and even fishing boats if you sign waivers.

 

3. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

It’s pretty much every college student’s dream to spend their spring break somewhere exotic and outside the country. But for many, the huge price tag to fly and stay is out of bounds. The time is now for Mexico where everything is cheaper, and the resorts are more welcoming!

Puerto Vallarta is one of those spots south of the border where you can get a big bang for your buck. Take a walking tour downtown, visit one of its many islands for a day trip, go on a wildlife tour, and sit back and relax in some of the world’s top all-inclusive resorts for ultra pampering.

 

4. Los Angeles, California

We give a lot of attention to other cities in California, like San Francisco or San Diego, but L.A. keeps calling our name. It’s perfect for those who love to go out dancing late at night or celebrity stalkers who want to take in the sites.

But why we love L.A. is for the extra perks. L.A.’s food scene is insane, especially for Asian cuisine fans and those who would travel the extra mile for the perfect taco truck. Walk it off by taking a hike to the Hollywood sign or rent a bike and cruise along The Strand for a sunset view. After taking it all in, relax poolside or trek to one of the eight distinct beaches.

 

5. New Orleans, LA

Mardi Gras may be over, but in New Orleans, the party never really stops. But the best part about this city is that it’s out-of-the-box, totally different from the typical beach vacation.

Take the excursions. There’s pretty much something for everyone in your group. From art tours to fantastic cajun food, you can spend your day walking around the downtown without ever getting bored. For those more adventurous travelers, take a swamp tour or a haunted walking tour to up the adrenaline.

Three Reasons Why You Should Start Planning For Spring Break NOW

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You may be consumed with the not-so-distant holidays lately, but there may be something else you want to keep in mind. Being surrounded by snow, cold weather and warm cups of cocoa is the perfect winter scene, but when the snow melts and the weather warms up you don’t want to be left behind at home. That’s why NOW is the perfect time to start planning your spring break getaway. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying ‘the early bird gets the worm’ and in this case, the worm is sweet – and much cheaper than waiting until the last minute. Here’s why:

1) The earlier you book your airfare, the less expensive it’s going to be: There’s no surprise in saying that waiting until the last minute to buy your airfare is going to cost you big bucks. Sure, you may be able to find great deals on a seat here or there, but it’s going to be whatever is leftover on the plane and is probably right next to the bathroom. And, if you’re traveling in a group, it’ll be hard to get seats together, let alone on the same flight. Try looking at sites such as Cheapo Air or Priceline. If you sign up for their emails, you’ll even get discounts and price drop alerts sent to your email. One of my other favorite channels is Travelzoo – they always are offering deals on flights for short periods of time.

2) First come, first serve. Get your pick before you get stuck with what’s left: You know that one room you stayed in two summers ago with the full kitchenette, king size bed and gorgeous view of blue sparkling water? That will go quickly. Booking your reservations early will ensure you have the top pick of rooms and spaces available. And, it will allow you to pay for the room earlier so you have time to save up more spending money for your trip!

3) Adequate timing to schedule around your school work or put in time off at work: Don’t be that person that puts in for vacation time a week before you plan to leave. Give your teachers, homework, and coworkers the courtesy of planning around your absence. That way, you don’t have to worry about getting your shifts covered last second and will have enough time to get assignments/work done that may be due when you’re away. And, this will give you a chance to possibly pick up a few more shifts and save some money aside to spend on your vacation.

Wherever you decide to go for spring break, remember earlier is better!

Six Reasons Why You Should Consider Spending Spring Break At Home

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Spring break is a time of excitement, relaxation, and, exactly as it sounds, a break from school. Many students believe that the only way to spend spring break is to go on some exotic vacation with a group of friends, but I am here to tell you that they are wrong. Sure, an exotic vacation sounds fantastic, but I believe that spending spring break at home is the best option. Why?

1. It’s affordable. Spending your spring break at home is the easiest way to save money-plain and simple. Although it may require a plane ticket in some cases, you do not have to pay for hotel rooms or other accommodations that are necessary when traveling. You can stay at home in the comfort of your own bed for free.
2. Plenty of family/friend bonding. Staying home allows you to not only save money, but to see your family and friends that you do not get to see at school. Although some college students go on spring break vacations with their families, most go with their friends. Students who travel for break do not get to spend quality time with their families and/or friends from home. Breaks were made for relaxation away from the busy college life, so what better a way than to spend it with the people who know you the most?
3. Home cooked meals. Mmm Mmmm Mmm. Is that my mother’s wonderful lasagna that I smell? I know more than anyone that nothing beats my mother’s home cooked meals. No matter where you go, you will never find the same comforting quality that home cooked meals give you. Sure, the setting of an exotic location can be fantastic, but can you say the same about the food?
4. Catch up on sleep. The life a college student is crazy and hectic. Sleep is often put on the back-burner in order to finish up that last-minute paper. Spring break is a great time to catch up on sleep. If you spend break away, however, you will most likely not be able to do this. Nobody wants to spend an exotic vacation sleeping when they can go to the beach or shop! Spending break at home allows you to catch up on the much needed beauty sleep that you could not get anywhere else.
5. Get ahead on your reading. Although spring break was made for students to get a break from academic life, some professors still expect reading to get completed. This would be extremely hard to accomplish on a vacation. No one wants to read while on vacation; it is just not appealing. If you go home for break, you are not distracted by the setting and are able to get some homework done or get ahead on your reading.
6. Get a jump on jobs/interviews. Break is a great time to fill out applications and interview for summer jobs. Going home allows you to visit potential job sites, fill out applications, and interview with companies-all of which you could not get done if you went on vacation. Also, spring break, which usually takes place in March, gives college students a jump on the summer jobs over high school students, so why miss out on the opportunity?

I hope that this list of pros helps you to realize that going home is still a great destination for spring break!

It’s Spring Break!

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It’s that wonderful time of year when, in the middle of projects and midterms, a whole week of free time suddenly opens up. The birds sing, the flowers bloom and, in some states, the snow melts.

So, you have a whole week of freedom! Your friends want to go roadtrip, your parents want you to fly home, your aunt in Germany wants you to stop by. All of this makes you realize….

You’re on a budget.

Don’t fret! Since this is my third college spring break, I’ve come up with a few things to help you have an awesome spring break without taking a punch to your wallet.

  1. One-day road trips. I know, you’re probably trying to figure out how to get from Texas to New York in one day now. By one-day road trips, I mean road trip within your state. Just Google “Fun things to do in (insert state here)” and bam! Tons of concerts, museums, sights and places pop up! These little mini road trips will keep you from worrying about spending half your savings on gas, food and hotel stays. Plus, you get to discover more about the state that your attending college in.
  2. Budget wisely. If you think $200 will get you through a week-long stay at Cancun, you need this tip. Some people get hyped up about the trip to their destination….but forget to plan on the costs coming back to campus. Friendly apps like Mint will help those of you with smartphones budget out your entire week by subject (food, hotels, entertainment, etc) and will warn you if you go out of your preset amount. Don’t have a smartphone? Just go to mint.com and work on it from any computer.
  3. Pick one thing. Planning on flying to New York to see a concert and then jetting off to California to go the beach before flying back to your hometown to see your parents and then flying back to school…that’s a lot. Pick one destination spot and focus on activities in that area. Don’t drive halfway across a state for one concert and halfway back to get to your hotel; that wastes money. Check out what’s going on in the city you’re heading too. Chances are, there’s a lot of fun events in that one area.

I hope this helps! Happy Spring Break everyone!

Nine Questions to Ask your Friends Home from College

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No one will be more honest with you than your friends. So, if you’re heading off to college this fall, or preparing to apply to university take advantage of your friends’ knowledge. Track down anyone you know from high school or sports programs that’s in college already and get the inside scoop this summer. You’ll be surprised at how much information your friends have to offer, and they’ll love talking to you about their experiences.

1)What should I expect in the dorms?

Will the dorms be like the movies? Is independence as cool as it seems? Your friends will be able to tell you plenty of stories about their roommates and experiences living in a residence hall.

2)Is college really harder than high school?

We’ve all heard scary stories about college grades and professors, but are they really worse than your Spanish teacher who assigns two essays a week and refuses to let you speak in English, even when you have no idea what’s going on? Your friend will be able to give you a better picture of what college is like, especially if they went to the same high school.

3)What’s the best way to meet people?

Someone who shares your interests (and knows you) might have some great insights on the best way for you to meet people on campus, which will help you settle into your university easier.

4)What’s the food like?

Just remember that not all cafeteria food is made alike, and your university might have way better food than your friend’s school

5)Should I do anything to prepare for college now?

Aside from purchasing all your dorm room essentials, my answer to this question would be a definite no, but your friend might have a different opinion.

6)Do you like college

Make sure you get an explanation for her answer. Also, remember that opinions are shaped by your perception of your experiences. If you head to college with a positive attitude you’ll probably love it more than you will if you expect to be miserable.

7)What advice do you have for me

This is the best question, because it opens the floor for your friend to tell you anything about college. There are probably things that your friend wishes she had known before her freshmen year, and this is a great opportunity for her to share them with you.

8)What activities would you recommend

Did your friend have the time of her life in honors society? Did she find an internship through her membership with the Women in Science and Engineering? (WISE) Ask your friend about opportunities available to you in school and remember the ones that interest you.

9)Do you have any tips for how to live with a roommate?

Your experience will be different from your friends, but it never hurts to get some advice from someone who has lived through the journey you will soon embark on. So get their advice on how to meet your roommate for the first time, and how to deal with the inevitable arguments and issues.