|From surgery to service, students plan spring break|
|Written by Renee Changnon, Daily Vidette Reporter|
|Thursday, 17 February 2011 00:46|
With only about three weeks of school left, many students are counting down the hours until the best week of spring semester arrives: spring break.
While plans for students often vary, the wide variety of trips and adventures students can go on highlight the diverse campus community they belong to.
For Leslie Limbaugh, senior visual communication major, spring break has always been a great opportunity to work at home and save her money.
This break, Limbaugh plans on working and then going under the knife for LASIK eye surgery, which she has wanted to do for a variety of reasons.
“First, considering how much money I would have spent on contacts over the course of my life, getting surgery now is a decent financial investment.
“Second, I swim and scuba dive. After I graduate I’d like to work on a cruise ship or as an underwater photographer. It will be a lot easier to dive without having to worry about my contacts,” Limbaugh added.
As Limbaugh looks forward to being able to see without putting glasses on in the morning, for her, this spring break experience is much more appealing than the ones typically depicted on TV.
“I would rather have an opportunity to save money than go somewhere and spend a ton of money.
“I also have always hated the idea of going on an MTV-style spring break where people just drink and make bad decisions and waste money, so people who are [home during break] are making a better decision in my opinion,” Limbaugh said.
As Limbaugh gets ready for surgery, a group of students are excitedly preparing for their Alternative Spring Break adventure.
Zac Summers, senior broadcast journalism major, is no novice to service-oriented trips, having participated in them during spring break each year.
“When you compare doing service versus the typical ‘rowdy’ break, the former is a lot healthier and cost-effective,” Summers said.
This spring break Summers is taking on the role of one of the Alternative
“As a member of the Greek community, I think it’s important that Greeks give back and make a tradition out of this trip because it helps break that stereotypical image that people have about Greeks,” he said.
The all-Greek Alternative Spring break group will be going to New Jersey and working at Camp Vacamas, a nonprofit camp for inner city children in the New Jersey area.
The group has 12 different Greek organizations represented, consisting of 45 participants, which includes three trip advisors representing the Greek community on the trip.
When deciding to be a part of the Alternative Spring Break trip, students had to prepare for the labor-intensive weeks leading up to it.
Summers and the five other leaders of the group meet weekly to plan and organize for the trip. The group as a whole meets every two to three weeks to discuss why they’re doing the trip as well as getting to know one another. The group has trained for their trip by spending time at the Boys and Girls Club.
“Alternative Spring Break is an awesome experience that no participant will regret,” Summers said. “If you go into the trip with an open mind, you’ll have a great experience.”
For students with an adventurous spirit and preference for nature, Jenny Tripp, sophomore speech pathology major, is excited for the spring break of a lifetime.
Tripp is an assistant coordinator for the Rio Grande Trip, which is run through Campus Recreation. The group, hosting only a maximum of ten participants, will be leaving the Saturday after classes end and driving down to Big Bend National Park, where they plan on canoeing along the Rio Grande and camping.
“I’m looking forward to doing something adventurous on this trip. It’s not an opportunity that you get every day to canoe in such an awesome place,” Tripp said.
As spring break gets closer, Tripp has been going through training by the head coordinator in the Recreation Center pool. With a new experience just around the corner, Tripp can’t wait to share it with the rest of the group.
“I’m excited to meet and grown closer with the people I’m going with. With this size of a group, it will be easy to get to know everyone,” Tripp said.
Whether students are going home, volunteering somewhere new, or getting out in nature, spring break 2011 is bound to be unforgettable for the entire campus.