Spring break is a time for you to unwind. You deserve it. That C- on your poli-sci midterm sure was draining, not to mention the daily wear and tear of work and extracurricular activities.
But just because you get more than a week off without classes and parental supervision doesn’t mean you can throw all your common sense out the window.
I know I sound like a square for saying it, but you college kids are crazy! You’re actions outside the classroom are well documented in television commercials and old Beastie Boys’ songs.
Though an Animal House-style kegger can be the salt of the earth every once in a while, loading up on dangerous toxins and climbing naked on stranger’s homes should be saved for teen film spoofs not reality.
Though I’m the type that would rather watch a week’s worth of “My So-Called Life” re-runs than drain my bank account in a drunken stupor, I am going to Mexico for my spring break.
And though I will be within some proximity of Cancun, you won’t see me at any wet T-shirt competitions.
I’m visiting the city of Merida, which, located in the Yucatan peninsula, is a safe distance from the sun-soaked debauchery. Though I’m stoked for the authentic Mexican cuisine and Sauza tequila, I also know that this time away from North Philadelphia should be used to open my eyes to Mexico’s culture and history, which is perhaps more colorful than our own.
In recent years, the phenomenon of socially conscious spring breaks has grown more prevalent. Alternative spring breaks like, Project America and Habitat For Humanity, all offer trips which not only play a huge role in a less-fortunate person’s life, but also prove rewarding to the volunteer.
Whatever your spring break plans entail, doing something productive something that doesn’t jeopardize your own or another person’s safety is always the best bet.
Spring break should be a time for you to instill the responsibility of impending adulthood while still reveling in the joy of youth.