Spring Break has finally come yet again for the Owls of Keene State and other colleges around the country.
Plans always range for students- some include tropical vacations, while others may be in the comfort of their own home.
As the stress continues to pile, Spring Break gives students the opportunity to put it on hold for one short week.
Junior Abbey Barr is able to escape the cold and hit the beach for the week.
Barr is traveling to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic with four of her closest friends from home.
“We planned our trip online and had help from travel agents,” Barr said.
Barr said she and her friends decided to go on the trip to get away and because they will be celebrating a friend’s birthday together.
“I’ve never been out of the United States before. As far as safety goes, I’m a little concerned about traveling through foreign airports.”
Having Spring Break is a nice way to alleviate stress, especially being an upperclassman, according to Barr.
Rather than staring at palm trees, first-year student Madison Olsen plans to spend her Spring Break with students.
Olsen plans to return to her hometown and substitute teach for the week.
“It’s nice being able to make money and see my family and friends at home because I miss them terribly,” Olsen said.
Olsen said she is looking forward to the mental break of having the week off from her studies and being able to come back refreshed and ready to finish the semester.
Traveling as a team over Spring Break is popular at Keene State.
The baseball, softball and both men’s and women’s lacrosse teams have the opportunity to go to Florida each year.
The Ultimate Frisbee team is making their way south too, just not as far.
The team will be spending their week together in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Junior Louis Graeve is one team member looking forward to the trip.
“We decided to go on the trip for two main reasons. One is it is an opportunity to bring the team much closer. They say you don’t really know anyone until you live with them, and it’s the same case for Myrtle Beach. Everyone also gets so close with one another and are able to bond while building up the chemistry for the spring season,” Graeve said.
He continued, “It’s a great way to kick off the season because players get so much better playing for four days straight. It’s a great practice for the beginning of a competitive journey for our team.”
KSC was able to help the frisbee team figure out the logistics and financial planning of the trip, according to Graeve.
He said it’s a lengthy process that the captains work on, which the team appreciates tremendously.
There are about 20 students and players going on the trip.
Graeve said, “When not playing frisbee, you’ll catch the team playing spike ball on the beach, riding the waves, playing mini golf and most importantly, eating at the Waffle House all the time.”
Whether getting away for the week, returning home, working more hours or traveling with your sports team; Spring Break is an opportunity for a mental break for students to get away from schoolwork.
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