Booking, baking, buffing up
Students begin preparation for spring break during winter season
Val Vita | Collegio Reporter
Spring break is still a month away, but some PSU students have been preparing for it for months. They have been saving money, booking flights and even working out to get back in shape.
Otto Tuomela and Hanna Huumonen, exchange students from Finland, bought tickets to visit California last month because it’s the state they’ve always dreamed of visiting.
“And if you buy the tickets in advance, it is cheaper,” said Tuomela, a sociology major.
Tuomela says they each spent about $750 to book the flights and hotels in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Huumonen says they plan to drive from one city to another. Huumonen says they provided official English versions of their driver’s licenses while they were still in Finland because they were planning to make the trip to California.
“We were preparing for this,” said Huumonen, in psychology. “We prefer to set things early.”
Megan Huls says she started saving money one month before Christmas break, when she decided she would go to London in March with members of the Communication Department to visit broadcasting studios, including the famous BBC.
“I knew I wanted to do something because last spring break I didn’t travel,” said Huls, sophomore in international business.
Some PSU students like Alejandra Aveiro are planning less expensive trips for spring break. Aveiro says she is spending only $60 to travel to St Louis.
“For me it’s good. I just want to have a good time,” said Aveiro, an Intensive English Program (IEP) student. “I have the opportunity, so why not?”
Elida Quintana is another student who jumped at the chance to go on a trip for spring break. Quintana says she was invited by a friend to go on a cruise to the Bahamas for the break. She says she started working out last week to get in shape for the cruise.
“I have to buy bikinis,” said Quintana, an Intensive English Program (IEP) student
According to Adam Gault, a fitness graduate assistant at the Student Recreation Center, students go to the gym more frequently in the month before spring break. Gault says this is because they typically travel to warmer destinations, and they want to look their best.
“The danger here is that people will work out too much, not eat enough and end up getting sick,” Gault said. “I would highly recommend students make fitness a lifestyle and work out a reasonable amount each week to stay in shape all year.”
Johanna Suutala says she went to the gym regularly before she decided to go to Miami, Fla., for spring break. Suutala says she now works out six times a week.
“Now I am more motivated to go to the gym because of the beach, since, basically, we are going to be wearing bikinis, tops and shorts,” said Suutala, an exchange student in finance.