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ISSUE 121 VOL 15 PUBLISHED 3/21/2008

A Word from our Editors: Spring break for suckers

By Peter Farrell
Executive Editor

Friday, March 21, 2008

As spring break approaches, most of us need sleep. The late nights of the midterm crunch eventually take their toll -- a few short naps don't do the trick. A few days of heavy sleep and relaxation are generally required for a full recovery from the intellectual gymnastics of blue books, essays and tests.

But once spring break arrives, the luckiest people don't get much sleep. The luckiest people head to locations that are sunny, warm and south of Minnesota. The luckiest people take long and adventurous roads trips to Texas, Wyoming, Chicago and California, among others. The smartest (and most admirable) signed up for a nifty mission trip, whether it's traveling to New Orleans to help with post-Katrina clean up or Nicarauga to build churches.

The rest of us go home and are jealous of both the lucky people and the smart people. But that doesn't mean that those of us who failed to plan ahead need to suffer. Make the best of your time. Here are a few ideas for the suckers stuck in the cozy and familiar confines of his or her own home:

(1) Sleep: Revel in your laziness. Ambitious spring breakers aren't going to have any time to catch their breath after midterms. Get up around noon. Take a nap (even though you got up around noon). Go to bed early (even though you got up around noon) and give your brain some much deserved rest (because getting up at noon wasn't early enough).

(2) Search for jobs and internships: For those of us worried that spring break might get boring (gasp!), use that extra time to get a leg up on the competition and apply for summer jobs and internship. Most of us won't have much work over break, and applying for any position is a lot less stressful without the additional burden of schoolwork.

(3) Explore your hometown: No matter where you live, there's probably a place that you haven't explored, or maybe there's a special spot that you haven't been to in a long time. Use spring as an opportunity to check out that creepy house down the road or eat at that weird "family" diner that you've always stayed away from.

(4) Family: Your brother is probably annoying. Your mother is probably worse. But you probably don't see them very often. Give them the time of day, because they don't get to bother you that often.

(5) Homework: This is the last and least appealing option, and probably the most responsible. (It's funny how "responsibility" and "fun" don't usually coincide.) Still, the more work you get done at home, the less work you have to do when you return. And then, when all those well-tanned suckers are stuck in the library, you can really enjoy a guilt-free, lazy afternoon on Buntrock's "lawn."

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