Aggie Insider: Spring Break!

By: Dennise Quintanilla Email
By: Dennise Quintanilla Email

College Station, TX Ahh Spring Break, finally a whole week of no exams, assignments, or any other worries!

But how exactly did Spring Break even get started?
So here’s a little history:

The celebration in the spring dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans when they would celebrate the arrival of the season. But it wasn’t until the first Olympic-size pool that was built in Florida in 1928 and the release of MGM’s film Where the Boys Are in 1960 that initiated the true significance behind Spring Break. The pool brought the top college competitive swimmers to town and soon after more than 1,500 college athletes were attending the College Coaches' Swim Forum each spring. By the 60’s not only athletes were attending, it had gone mainstream.

MGM released Where the Boys Are in 1960, which was a movie about four college women during their spring vacation. Soon after, Spring break was a “must do” for college males and females who wanted to escape from school to sand and sun.

So how do students today spend their Spring Break?

Of course, there are still college students that invade beaches to enjoy a week long adventure of sun, music, and partying. Not only do student travel to Florida they now travel to Texan beaches, the Mexican Riviera, Vegas, and California, among many other places.

But wait not every single college student in the country travel to beaches and party all week long. Many students take advantage of this week to get involved in community service, explore a new culture abroad, or simply relax with the family.

Alternative Spring Break was founded by a group of Aggies who wanted to spend their week making a meaningful impact in communities around the country. The organization was started in 1999 and since then many other universities have adopted their practices. There are about 5 different locations from where to choose from which include volunteering opportunities in the health field, energy/environmental conservation, poverty issues, and animal rescue.

There are a couple of scholarship programs at Texas A&M that on top of the scholarship money a trip abroad over Spring Break is also included. Reagents and Century Scholar are two of the programs. Every Spring Break they take a group of their freshmen to experience an international adventure. This year they are taking the class to Pars, France. Three years ago, during my freshman year I got to experience such trip with Century Scholars in Madrid, Spain. It was an awesome and unforgettable experience! The trip lasted the whole week and we had the freedom to visit anything we’ve always wanted to see. I am definitely planning to visit again!

Who wouldn’t want to go back home and spend time with the family, right?! There’s nothing wrong with going back home to do absolutely nothing! College students know how much it means to be able to just sleep all day and have no assignment in mind. It’ll be a stress-free week of relaxation. Have to take advantage of it, that’s for sure!

Spring Break can have a different meaning to everyone but whether you’re escaping to a warm and exciting beach, making an impact on someone’s life, or kicking it back home, I hope everyone has an amazing Spring Break! Have fun and be safe!

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