Spring break is coming, and University of Maryland students are beginning to look forward to the well-deserved vacation. However, not everyone shares the same spring break plans. With thousands of students and professors on campus, there are a plethora of different places people are going.
Freshman public health science major Remi Ryan said she is planning on going to Punta Cana with two friends from UMD. Ryan plans to stay safe during the pandemic by “wearing masks, and staying socially distanced.”
When asked why she and her friends chose Punta Cana, she said, “It has really nice weather, and we wanted an all inclusive resort so that we could have unlimited food, and we also found a really good deal.”
Not only is Ryan’s vacation a steal, but she is also going on it with two of her newfound friends. Even though she is going on vacation with two girls she just met, she said, “when you spend this much time with new people it feels like you’ve known them forever. They are my best friends now.” UMD not only brings together lifelong friends, but also newfound vacation buddies.
Freshman information systems major Casadi Lawrence has very different plans compared to Ryan’s. Lawrence plans “on going home to New Jersey, probably working, seeing my friends.”
When asked why she is going home instead of on a trip, Lawrence replied by saying: “Well, I was going to visit my friend at [the University of Florida] and then I decided I didn’t want to…, I’m broke so I need to work, and I need to save money and not spend it on a flight.” A lot of college students probably share this feeling
Lawrence said if she keeps “blowing” all of her money, going home will probably become one of her spring break traditions. Her favorite spring break from the past was her trip to Hawaii, which was especially memorable because it was her first vacation on a plane.
Professor Erin Green is currently a second-year P.h.D student at UMD in the English Department. Green plans on “getting as much rest as possible.”
Green lives in Silver Spring and has friends who live near UMD. Greene definitely plans on not only catching up with friends, and also the TV shows that they’ve been neglecting. Green said she might even take on the challenge of redecorating their apartment.
“During the school year I never have time to truly rest and do self-care because I'm always busy with my job, whether that's staying up late or waking up early, or spending my entire day on campus/in my office,” Green said. “I look forward to spending the entire week not even thinking about UMD. I'll turn my email notifications off.”
Green said, “I think this will be a spring break tradition for me of completely disassociating myself away from the university so that I can have a peace of mind.”
Whether students are going away, going back home, or staying at school, spring break will hopefully give them time to rest, recharge, and come back better than ever for the rest of the second semester.