Spring Break Ideas for College Students

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that spring break is a much needed event of the school year. Normally, spring break is the first time you have off after winter break, and it is nice to have a short period away from school before the craziness of finals starts.

First and foremost, it is always a good idea to start planning for spring break sooner rather than later. Most hotels and transportation options get filled up fast during the weeks that everyone is off from school. Planning a month or more in advance can ensure that you get where you want to go and the earlier you book things the less expensive it is.

You should also have everything in order for your arrival back at school. No one wants to walk their dorm room late Sunday night to a mess. Make sure everything is in order and all assignments are completed so that you can truly relax on your week off.

From Friday when classes let out to Sunday when you have to head back to campus, you have about 216 hours of time to do whatever you please. What you decide to do with your week reprieve to campus is up to you, but if you are having trouble deciding what to do with your time off, you should consider a service oriented spring break trip.

Service Oriented Spring Break

There are so many programs in which you can spend your spring break helping the community. You’d be amazed how much you can get done in one week. The programs can take place through organizations at your university and often times go in groups. Not only will you benefit the community you serve, you will also grow as a person and build friendships with the people in your group.

There are many different programs out there that students can choose from, so here are just a few:

Habitat for Humanity: According to the Habitat for Humanity website, the mission of this organization is to “ build and repair simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter.” There are Habitat for Humanity chapters worldwide, and they are always looking for groups of people to volunteer. All skill sets are welcome, and in volunteering with this group you know you are helping to provide a home for someone in need.

Students Today Leaders Forever: This is a group in which is specifically designed for high school and college spring break trips. What happens is a group of students and facilitators go and volunteer at different locations across the US for a week. For the University of Illinois trip, they started in Champaign, IL and drove to a new city each day and participated in service activities at different organizations. By the end of the trip they stopped in six cities along the way and eventually made it to Washington DC. After the students volunteered during the day, they participated in team building activities at night in order to grow closer as a group.

 Alternative Spring Break: This organization is pretty self explanatory based on the name, but in these trips, students go to one specific location and do service there for a week. Where you go and what you help with varies. There are programs that have to do with childcare, animals, environmental programs, etc. The University of Illinois has a chapter of Alternative Spring Break, which also takes trips in the fall and winter, but there are national programs as well, including one through United Way.

So before you book a flight to Florida and spend the week on the beach, consider a service oriented spring break trip. Not only will you help a community, you will better yourself in the process and make friends and memories that would mean more than if you spent the all your days simply soaking up the sun.

Participating in a trip like this is also a great resume booster, and something that employers will be interested in hearing about during job interviews, so keep this in mind as well!

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Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying journalism. She is involved with the student newspaper, new student programing, and greek life on campus. She has a passion for travel, loves animals, and is always up for an adventure. Shannon also enjoys movies, music and fashion.