Be careful during spring break

Karena Ozier, Columnist

It is that time of the year when the midterm is in the past and spring break is the next big adventure. For some students, spring break is a time to go home and work, but for the majority of other college students, spring break is time for having fun.

Some popular locations for spring break travel include Cancún, Miami and the Bahamas. Location isn’t the only important factor for a great spring break. Another component encases what will be done at these locations.

Some popular activities may include sitting pool side or hanging out on a beach, enjoying everyone’s presence and (for those old enough) drinking alcohol. In light of the hype that traveling brings, there are things that every college student needs to know before embarking on their crazy adventure.

For those drinking this spring break, limit your alcohol intake. Remember that it can impair your judgement and actions. About 30 people die every day because of fatal alcohol-related car crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Do not be a part of this statistic this spring break; make good choices. It is easy to get caught up in the moment and drink more than your limit, but try and decide before you start drinking how much alcohol you want to consume. 

One of the other cautions that those on spring break need to be aware of is the sun. Although getting a little sun can have some benefits, excessive and unprotected sun exposure can result in premature aging, changes in skin texture and skin cancer.

While you should exercise caution during spring break, take the time to enjoy the time off school. Spring break is a great opportunity to make some of the best memories you will ever have in your college years.

Have fun, and most of all, have a safe spring break.

Karena Ozier is a junior elementary education major. She can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].