Imagine sitting on a beach chair, staring at the waves kissing the shoreline and retreating back into the turquoise ocean. Picture the sun rays beat against your swimsuit clad body and the warmth spread across your pale, exposed skin. There are birds singing, music playing and an ice cold lemonade in hand. It’s paradise; it’s the week that most have been waiting for – for months now. It’s here. Are you ready?
As everyone waits for the upcoming sneak peek of summer, there are upsets and thrills that come with this one week of spring break.
The fantasy of spending spring break in one’s ideal form of paradise can come with unexpected meltdowns in the process.
Physical Education teacher Lyndsie Long explained how she never got the thrill of experiencing spring break while in school.
“I’ve always been involved in athletics when spring break rolls around playing [high school] softball [and] college basketball, so I haven’t been on too many spring breaks,” Long said.
Although freshman Tara Fogarty has experienced some notable spring breaks, she has also come into account with some misadventures as well.
Freshman Tara Fogarty experienced the mishaps of spring break plans going all wrong while being hopeful of trying to escape the dreary winter of Illinois by traveling someplace warm with her family.
“One year my family was supposed to go to Arizona, but we didn’t end up going because my dad had to work and couldn’t take off,” Fogarty explained.
Even though Fogarty’s plans didn’t go as intended for her week of spring break that year, she still made the best of it by hanging out with her friends all week.
Spring break can be what you make it-memorable or miserable.
Fogarty remembered an enjoyable moment of spring break that she considers a highlight out of her prior spring break experiences.
“I went to my friend’s lake house [in Michigan] and it was a lot of fun because we had…[planned] the trip for a while,” Fogarty said.
Fogarty explained that her favorite part was “going tubing with five of [her] friends.”
While Fogarty looks back with nostalgia at her previous spring break memories, junior Nick Kersting feels his experiences have been a series of unfortunate events. His way of preferably spending spring break is not by going somewhere that there are beaches nearby but instead prefers spending spring break in a nontraditional way.
“[My mom, dad and I] were going to Canada to ski for a few days like we do every year around spring break,” Kersting explained. “We got to the airport and figure out that our passports expired and we’d have to wait until Monday to get them renewed at the post office. The flight was also rescheduled to Monday night. [We got] everything done and [went] to the airport again [on Monday] to go to Canada.”
Kersting and his family finally arrived in Canada but his misfortune didn’t just end there. “The next day [my family and I] decided to go skiing. As we got into the car, the [didn’t] start. We then figured out that the car needed a new battery,” Kersting said. “We ended up taking the bus there that day.”
Kersting continues to explain the terrible luck he experienced that day stating “On the way home we were driving through a snowstorm to get to the airport and we found out we were late and missed our flight, we had to stay overnight in a hotel and fly out the next morning.”
“This was the most chaotic and expensive spring break trip we’ve [ever] taken,” Kersting stated.
Unlike Kersting’s experience, spring break doesn’t have to be over the top-it’s really what students make of it.