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What Your Spring Break Says About You

Spring break means something different to each of us. It could mean a plane trip to an exotic location, or a car ride back home. It could mean a week of carefree drinking, or a week as cheap labor. Regardless, though, spring break is a much-needed hiatus from classes for all college students.

There are many factors that influence our spring break plans: family, transportation, and, of course, money. Most of us would love to pack up and head to Mexico, but we were a little bit too loose with our wallets this semester.

In any case, your spring break plans can say a lot about you. Here’s the breakdown:

Traveling Outside of The U.S.

You lucky ducks. You’re all about having a good time and saving the business for later. “Fun” is the emphasis here. Most likely, you’re a senior and Mom and Dad are wildly salivating at the fact that you’re almost done. So maybe they’re financing the trip–or you were forced to dig deep (very deep) into your own pockets to pay for this venture. That, or William Shatner came busting through your apartment and offered you a sweet deal via Priceline.com. Good for you. Go experience some other cultures…or at least experience being drunk in a different setting.

Traveling Within The U.S.

You’re just a straight-up-and-down patriot. You love this country so much that you can’t bear the thought of leaving its spacious skies. If you’re not that tight with Uncle Sam, it means you’re down for a good time, but you just don’t have the necessary funds to head down to Cabo, or you’re deathly afraid of flying. I would guess this group consists mostly of juniors, with the occasional sophomore wild-card. This travel is mostly on your dime, or you’ll be staying at a relative’s vacation house. Either way, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with American beaches and American beer.

Homeward Bound

Like Shadow, Chance, and Sassy, you just want to go home. You want to actually see your family. Perhaps you view spring break as an opportunity to make money, rather than to spend it. The fact that you aren’t going on spring break does kind of imply that your bank account is slowly suffocating. You’re probably a freshman, but there’s going to be considerable overlap from sophomores, juniors, and even seniors. You’re looking forward to catching up on those premium cable dramas and eating food that doesn’t require a microwave or Lioncash. Ready the oven, Ma.

Staying Put

You’ll be in the same place this time next week and LOVE it. Your worst enemy is schoolwork, so you just want to experience a week in State College without constant note-taking and study sessions. The irony is that you’ll probably get a lot of schoolwork done, because there’s really nothing else to do. Then again, you may also have no choice but to stay put. Excessive distance and lack of transportation to go, well, anywhere could be the problem. Then again, there’s always that one jabroni who just flat out forgets that it’s spring break. Word of advice: don’t be that jabroni.

Charity Work

You people are saints. You’re sacrificing your own vacation to help others. That’s absolutely wonderful. Some of us couldn’t imagine helping out our own family over spring break, but you all decide to help complete strangers. Good karma is headed your way. I have nothing else to say other than good luck.

It’s nice to get away. It’s nice to go home. Most of all, it’s nice to have a break. Get to where you’re going safely and take a deep breath. State College will be here when you get back.

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Shawn Christ

I am a junior majoring in print journalism. I am American. I am a Lion.

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