LEXI RODENCAL | FEATURES WRITER
With spring break right around the corner, many students are eagerly looking forward to trips with their friends and family to the mountains or beaches for a week of escape. However, I know there are some students out there still looking for things to do. If you’re looking for how to do spring break on a budget and have fun without breaking the bank, you’ve come to the right place!
1. Volunteer. Not only are there many places with volunteer opportunities in the Green Bay/De Pere area, but you could also look into places in your hometown. Volunteering is an amazing way to give back to the community, and a week of giving back might be just the thing you need to get a break from the stress of school. Volunteering can also lead to new friendships and experiences, as well as helping to make your community a happier place.
2. Go back home. Many students look forward to spring break just for the chance to go home for a week and spend time with family and hometown friends. By going home, you can save some money on food and other necessities. Instead, enjoy some home cooked meals—and hopefully a bigger bed than your twin XL here at school. Plus, if you have a dog or cat at home, how else would you want to spend your spring break than with them?
3. Pick up hours at work. Whether you have a job on-campus or off-campus, a week off of classes is a easy way to pick up extra hours and shifts and make some money before classes resume. Although it might not be the ideal way to spend your spring break, it’s never a bad thing to make some extra money.
4. Stay on campus. Staying on campus over breaks gives you an insight into how the entire atmosphere changes on campus when students are gone. If you know of friends that are spending their break on campus, it could be fun to spend yours on campus as well. Staying on campus gives you the opportunity to catch up or work ahead on assignments for class, apply for summer jobs and internships, or work on any post-graduation plans if you’re a senior.
5. Plan some day trips. Depending on where you’re leaving from, there are many nearby cities that are perfect for a day trip. Chicago, Milwaukee, and Door County are only a few options with endless ways to kill some time. You could also plan trips to visit your friends attending other schools during your week off.