Fall break comes every year at that sink-or-swim point around mid-semester when schedules are crammed tight and stress levels are running high. Students anticipate the time off for relief from the pressure of their studies and rest from their fast-paced routines.
Everyone needs a good break to recharge their intellectual batteries and inspire them to finish the semester strong. So, what constitutes a 'good' break?
There are all sorts of ideas about what makes time off well spent. Some say spontaneous adventure is the only way; others say a relaxing trip is the best thing. It is clear, though, after hearing from four Auburn University students, that there is a common thread woven through memorable fall break getaways: rest and time spent with loved ones.
Relaxing family beach trip
I went to Santa Rosa Beach with my family," said Ashley Moates, junior. "I spent the mornings sleeping in, the days reading on the beach and riding bikes with my dad and the nights eating fried shrimp, my favorite seafood, and watching movies. It was a wonderful, relaxing weekend."
Trek to Texas home
"I traveled home to Houston, Texas, and brought my best friend!" said Lauren Whitaker, senior. "Rest was our top priority for the break, as we were in desperate need after all our midterms. Besides sleeping, we ate and shopped our way through the city, and squeezed in some beach time with old high school friends in Galveston, Texas. Spending time with my family was also really sweet. I was delighted to watch my baby sister cheer at our high school's homecoming game. Needless to say, this fall break was just what I needed!"
Unexpected chance for quality family time
"At first I was scheduled to work through fall break, so when a coworker offered to take my shifts for the extra hours, getting to make plans felt special!" said Emily Lytle, junior. "This nice surprise allowed me to visit my precious grandmother in Rainbow City, Alabama, and introduce her to my boyfriend. I also enjoyed carving pumpkins with my sisters in Birmingham, and shopping and eating out in Atlanta. I badly needed this break from work and school to spend time with my loved ones.
Visit to an old friend
"One of my best friends and I visited an old friend of ours who attends school at Wake Forest," said Abby Gosdin, senior. "It was so fun to experience the atmosphere of a different school and learn about the differences between Wake Forest and Auburn. The weather in North Carolina was beautiful, and we ate at some delicious restaurants in Winston-Salem. It was a long drive, but so worth it!"
Back to the basics
These days, students face mounting pressure to accomplish the impossible over breaks: to have an experience completely unique and Instragram-worthy, while enjoying genuine fun with cool people. What a task! These students' stories prove that lasting happy memories are made with loved ones, doing whatever is most rejuvenating and restful to one's heart and mind. A word of advice - ignore the pressure to achieve perfection when planning a break, and make time for what is most important.
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