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The sands along Panama City Beach were crowded with Spring Breakers enjoying warm weather Thursday, March 17, 2022.

Point/Counterpoint | What’s the best way to spend spring break?

Spring break is less than a month away. Katie Perkins and Kyle Tristan Ortega debate on what to do for spring break.

February 21, 2023

Go out

It is everyone’s least favorite time of year. Cars are trapped under thick piles of snow. My socks are wet. Icicles line the tree branches. Birds never chirp. Dirt and slush accumulate in the foyer.

Morning turns to evening without warning, which doesn’t allot any time to leisurely walk or watch a pretty sunset fill the brief gap in between. I want to sleep until it’s summertime, but I have to go to work, to class, and to the grocery store.

I’m not trying to be negative. I know that winter comes with many lovely things, like warm beverages, the winter Olympics, and holidays. But I think it is fair to say that it is an inconvenience at least some of the time. We all could use a break from it.

Winter is supposed to end in February, but the Midwest doesn’t like to follow weather rules. It is usually still cold in March. And even if it’s not cold, it is not warm. Spring break typically falls right in the middle of March — the perfect time for a getaway.

Going away somewhere can be relaxing. Spring break does not have to mean partying on a beach or ski slope. There are books to be read and conversations to be had.

I find myself feeling trapped when I am cooped up in one place for too long. Planning a spring break trip is something to look forward to during the stressful midterms season. It is rejuvenating to be surrounded by new scenery.

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Stay In

What is the best thing about spring break? You get a week off class. And what better way is there to spend that week off than to stay at home and relax? Nothing, really.

Think about it. Depending on your schedule, it is likely that you have been going out at least four days a week since the spring semester began.

Spring break is the one week where you’re allowed to not go out at all, so make the most of it.

There are many possible reasons to choose staying home over going out on a vacation or trip.

First, you would save money. You wouldn’t be paying for gas, tickets, restaurant food, and other miscellaneous fees you get from outside activities. As college students, saving whenever we can is important.

In addition to monetary savings, you would save your energy as well. Planning trips or nights out and following through on them can be physically taxing, which is counterintuitive to what a break is supposed to be.

A break is supposed to be a time you spend relaxing, rejuvenating, and thinking of nothing at all except rest. Staying home is the most conducive activity for that. Therefore, staying home over spring break would be the best thing to do.

You should stay home for spring break. It can be argued that more fun is to be had going out, but it comes at a cost — literally and figuratively. By staying home, you would save money and energy.

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