It’s finally that time of year; sunshine, flip flops, and memories to be made (or forgotten) with your best friends, its Spring Break. All year long students look forward to the start of Spring Break so they can recover from midterms and relax before final exams. Spring Break is also the last chance to spend time with friends before everyone goes home for the summer. So how are students spending this year’s break? With the current state of the economy, can this year’s Spring Break be as fun but still stick to a budget?
So far, Western students have certainly not let the economy keep them from putting away the books and heading to the beach.
Juniors Katie Setzer and Kaitlan Pangle plan to head to the beach as soon as classes are out. The two friends have known each other since high school and are using Spring Break as an excuse to head to Charleston, South Carolina for a week. They are meeting up with friends and plan to spend the week doing anything but thinking about school. Pangle said, “I don’t care what we do, or who we see, as long as I get to lay on the beach with my toes in the water, and toes in the sand!”
Brittany Haskett, member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, is not as lucky as Pangle and Setzer. Haskett is spending her Spring Break working at Western’s Print shop. She said, “There won’t be beaches for me this year, but since I am so busy during school with the sorority and homework, I am not able to work as much as I should, so my Spring Break is going to be for playing catch-up at work.”
Chase Holleman, along with the rest of Western’s cheerleaders, will be spending their Spring Break at practice. The cheerleaders will be participating at the national competition in Daytona Beach, Florida the week after Spring Break, so they are using the time away from classes to focus on their routine. Holleman said he doesn’t mind staying in Cullowhee for Spring Break because he knows it will help out the squad and get them better prepared for nationals, and he does get to spend the following week in Daytona Beach with tons of cheerleaders from all over the country.
Cheerleader, Kari Breanne Mack plans to meet up with friends the last few days of Spring Break after practices are over. She plans to spend the last weekend of the break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with a few close friends.
Gary Brackett, member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, plans to continue his Spring Break tradition of going to the North Carolina coast to spend the week at Hilton Head. Brackett plans to spend the break his friends and family. Brackett said, “I have a little bit of homework to do over the break, and plan to study for the upcoming finals, Hilton Head is the best place to relax and get in some studying while soaking up the sun.”
How are you spending the break? Visit The Western Carolinian’s fan page on Facebook and let us know how you spent this year’s Spring Break or tell us your craziest Spring Break memory, it may be featured in the next article! However you spend the break, whether it is with friends on the beach, or working hard playing catch-up, enjoy the week and be safe!