As Spring Break (WOOO!) commences, NYU students will flock to soak up the sun, sleep in, and decompress from yet another awful round of midterms. We’ve asked some of our very own writers what they’re doing to get a sample of some spring break strategies.
Some staffers have exciting plans to travel within the grand ol’ U. S. of A.. McKenzie Beehler says, “I’m going to Boston, because I have a seafood addiction (yum).” Who doesn’t? Well, besides those with life-threatening shellfish allergies. Ian Hartz, one campus blogger extraordinaire, simply says, “SXSW hos.” That stings, Ian. That stings. Ari Lipsitz reports that Jorge Morillo and a roommate will embark on “a road trip THROUGH OKLAHOMA.” Whatever floats your landlocked boat, guys. Are you taking a surrey with the fringe on top?
Frank Costa tells us that he’s going to Disney World. We didn’t question that decision for a second, but he still argued with himself. “I’m going to Disney World because it’s Disney World.. why wouldn’t I go there? Also, I’m planning on doing a post following my return entitled, ‘10 Drunk Things to Do in Disney World.’” As long as it’s nothing like what this horrible drunk guy did at Disney, we cannot wait to read that. John Surico, alternatively, has plans to rent an RV and camp out in the deserts of New Mexico with his good friend Jesse. Strangely, John has also shaved his head and now carries two cell phones. Best of luck to the both of them.
Olivia Loving says, “I’m going to New Orleans for a service trip through Alternative Spring Break with my freshman dorm.” Hearing this, Sharon Wu replied, “I’m actually going to New Orleans too, but not for service unless it’s… bottle service.” That’s our girl. Yours truly will be roasting her fair Irish skin in the Florida sun, reading Jane Eyre by the pool in her grandparent’s retirement community. If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to score a bingo board and win big bucks at the Clubhouse. After that, I’ll treck on over to Jupiter (town, not planet) to go to a drive-in restaurant. FOR BOATS.
While some of us will be stuck in the States, other NYU Local staffers will be in far-flung locales. Harry Lee intently plans on going to Edinburgh to “eat a fried snicker and walk the Highlands with a fanny pack.” That’s pretty rad.
Ava Kiai is likely going to South Africa, “to ride elephants and reenact scenes from The Lion King.” We admire your bravado, Ava, but PETA will not. In a similar vein, Abe Gutierrez tells us that he’s “going on an all-expense paid trip to Singapore with a third of the Stern junior class,” and adds, “I’ll be on safari for a night while in Singapore. Drunk and around wild animals.” As common courtesy, we’ll censor what came next. Yet again, PETA? Not pleased.
Fellow Stern student Kyle Zinn comments on Abe’s plans, “All Stern juniors go to either Buenos Aires, Singapore, or Barcelona for free which is cool…” Yeah, you’re right, I guess that’s cool. In reply to this, Sharon Wu said, “Eric Silver and I are sneaking onto an all-expenses paid trip to Singapore, Buenos Aires, or Barcelona and live-blogging it.” Again, Sharon FTW. In reality, Eric is going to take pictures of things in the Big Apple with a disposable camera and a friend named Joe.
Sternies don’t get to have all of the NYU-sponsored spring break fun. On Campus editor Willis Plummer says, “I’m going to be in Madrid, taking advantage of the CAS Scholars $200 trip.” (FYI, $200 on JetBlue will get you a one-way ticket to Clearwater, FL, or almost eleven donations to the 1831 fund. Your choice.) In Madrid, Willis will be joined by Editor-in-Chief Zoe Schlanger, who plans to “make art and stuff in an old tobacco factory-turned-collective and drink red wine on the street.” Somewhere, Zoe, Hemingway is toasting you. God, I’m toasting you. In Spain, it’ll be a downright NYU Local reunion fiesta, as Zach Sokol will take a break from his semester in Prague. “I’ll be in Madrid for a week and then Portugal for a few days.”
Another NYU Local staffer, Andrew Olshevski of “Sidewalk Talk” fame, has his Euro-trip all laid out. “Scandinavia baby, Copenhagen, Oslo Stockholm! And probably Berlin too.” While he’s away from his semester in Paris, he’ll have to meet up with Ken Greller, who has this to say: “STUDYIN’ ABROAD, EVERY DAY IS SPRING BREAK, SLEEPIN’ ALL DAY, STAYIN’ UP ALL NIGHT.” His fellow NYU Local Berliner, Caroline Hayes, surely has a similar view.
While Europe seems like a popular destination, other Localers are heading south. Elissa Stolman says, “I’m going to Haiti with my crazy mess of a mother and I’m a brat because I would rather be going to SXSW.” Please refer to Ian Hartz if you want salt rubbed on those wounds. Melissa Cronin, on the other hand, says, “I’m going to the Bahamas with five girls… I’m officially a frat douche.” Now Melissa, you know we would never think of you like that! (But let the record show that the combination of words in her quote set off the spam alert in the NYU Local Gmail thread.)
When considering all these crazy plans are being squeezed into one week, sometimes it seems that spring break might be best enjoyed in the comforts of your own home. Egle Makaraite says that her plans are simple. “I’m going home to hang out with my mom and my dog.” Devika Balaram’s idea sounds wonderful as well. “I’m staying in New York (read: Bobst) to write my thesis, but I will be taking a day trip to the Hudson Highlands State Park for a 24-hour-long breath of fresh air. This is a relatively cheap and easy ‘back to nature’ getaway, for all of you interested in leaving the boroughs behind for a day. Just take the Metro North to Cold Spring and to the park, roughly a mile or two away from the town center.”
Sophie Kleeman remarks that her plans are “nothing special.” Well, Sophie, if you’re looking for some excitement, might we refer you to the official spring break agenda of Editor-in-Chief, Myles Tanzer? He took this “relaxing in New York” advice a bit too seriously. “I’m going to sit in my apartment naked and alone, and get fucked up for a week straight. Happy spring break.”
On that note? Merry spring break to all, and to all a good flight.