While the term “Senior Spring Break” makes me think about kids partying and drinking on the beaches of Mexico, I feel that many seniors this year have taken a different approach to the last break of their high school careers. I am currently on a trip in Aspen with my family, not my friends. I have also run into multiple seniors on break with their families as well.
The last school break from high school should be one to remember. I believe that spending time with family, instead of friends, is the best kind of senior Spring Break. Once we go off to college, we will make new friends whom we will spend time with each day. Family, on the other hand, will only be seen a few times a year.
Choosing to spend this break with family or with friends can have pros and cons. For many of us, high school friends will not be seen for an entire year, and for some kids, that is a long time to be without best friends.
Spending an entire week with best friends can make up for the long time spent hundreds of miles apart. This applies to going on a break with family as well. For students who will be attending college far from home, visits back to Deerfield will most likely not be very often.
Spring Break with family can be one of the last bonding times where the whole family is together. Many college Spring Breaks are not in sync with high school, and planning a family trip isn’t always as easy.
Many of these mixed feelings are expressed in Deerfield High School’s student body. Senior Molly Winston believes that going on Spring Break with family has its advantages and disadvantages.
“I think it’s better because with how busy college will be next year, it’s nice to spend time bonding with my family,” Winston said. “But it’s also worse because all of my friends are going to different schools and it would have been fun to take a trip with them before we all separate.”
There are other ways Spring Break is being spent among my peers. Some students in my class have traveled abroad to different European countries such as England, France, and Spain. These trips make for great learning experiences and are very memorable.
Deerfield High School also sponsored a trip to Costa Rica for students in AP Environmental Science. They will spend the week building houses and learning a little about the culture.
Many seniors are still undecided as to where they will attend college. Over the past few weeks, most regular decision applicants are hearing about which colleges they have been accepted, so some of my peers are visiting schools to determine where they will spend the next four years of their lives.
Other groups have traveled to Florida with a bunch of friends and their families together. There are also many kids who are simply enjoying the week off of school at home. They are hanging out with friends, and relaxing at home in Deerfield.
While there are many paths that can be taken for a senior’s final Spring Break of high school, I can assume that everyone is making the best of where they are. As I enjoy the slopes out here in Aspen, I hope all my peers are staying out of trouble and appreciating their final high school Spring Break.