Break the ice with spring vacation

The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and winter is coming to an end.

Spring break is March 8-16.

Amarillo College students say it’s the perfect time to get caught up on their homework or maybe, their traveling.

“I’m going to Germany and the Czech Republic with the new Global Competency class,” said Amanda Castro-Crist, a mass communication major. “I’m really excited. I’ve never been to Europe and can’t wait to learn how people in other parts of the world live.”

In this era of twerking, partying and having a good time, it comes as no surprise that other students plan to party during the break.

“I’m going to Shamrock to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” said Paulina Garza, a mechanical engineering major. “I need a break from school and a few days to hang out and drink.”

According to the website do, college students consume about six alcoholic beverages a week. During spring break, it is estimated that number rises to at least 10 drinks a day.

Although some students may want to travel or let loose during the break, other students said they like to relax.

“I’m going fishing,” said Cole Schott, a general studies major. “I’m going camping at Ute Lake.”

Ute Lake State Park is in New Mexico. Large-mouth bass, catfish, crappie and walleye swim in lake, providing Schott with many opportunities to hook a big one.

The No. 1 spring break destination nationally is Daytona Beach in Florida. Schott said he has gone surfing during past breaks.

“I went to Galveston and hung out on the beach for a week,” he said.

Many websites advise students to be careful during the break regardless of their plans.

Do says at least one person a year dies from falling off a balcony during spring break. Another report shows that an estimated 2,600 Americans are arrested overseas during spring break each year.

Although spring break can be fun, there are spring break memories some students would like to forget.

“There was one time when I had to lay on my stomach all week,” Castro-Crist said. “I was playing volleyball, got hit and fell, cracking my pelvis. It was both restful and awful.”

Although some students said they don’t have major plans for spring break, they still are looking forward to next week. Many plan to at least leave the city limits.

“I’m super excited,” said Jeremy Briscoe, a general studies major. “I’m bored of Amarillo.”

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