Productive Alternative Spring Break Options for Grad Students
2/6/2020 by HIGHERGRAD
Spring break is approaching and many college students across the country already have their trips booked. This week every spring is traditionally the last big celebration leading up to the conclusion of another college year. For some, it is an even bigger party if in fact you are set to graduate. Although the majority of college students are looking forward to a week in Florida or Mexico, some others seek what is becoming known as alternative spring break options.
What is Alternative Break?
In its simplest form, an alternative spring break is where you forgo the beach vacation and drinking games for something more meaningful. Most often, spring break alternatives consist of volunteer service. A small group of students will join together to travel somewhere to help another group of people in need. These so-called spring break mission trips aid people with social and economic issues while cultivating leadership abilities and fostering skills for instituting positive change in our communities. On the other hand, spring break alternatives also include less motivated experiences. You still may be far from the beach or a tropical paradise, but you are focused more on your graduate program and yourself. An alternative spring break can be anything where you take this time away from classes to focus on something important in your life.
Graduate students arguably do not get as excited about spring break. They have chosen to continue on in their education and have mostly "grown-up" from the party days of undergraduate life. Don't get us wrong, grad school students still have a good time. It is just they are focused much more around their careers and education than planning a week-long trip to a tropical destination. For them, an alternative spring break means additional free time such as a week off from their graduate assistantship teaching duties, no classwork, and freedom to catch up on personal time. For graduate students, spring break is a good reprieve from the grind of working to succeed in graduate school.
6 Alternative Spring Break Ideas for Graduate School Students
Many graduate students are looking for ways to spend their time away from graduate school this spring. Some will choose to be involved in traditional spring break alternatives such as a mission or volunteer trip. On the other hand, other grad students will use this time off to their advantage. Here are six productive alternative spring break ideas to consider.
You may think that many of these alternative spring break ideas lack the excitement of what you may have experienced as an undergraduate. In most cases you are right. But remember, you are a graduate student and not a freshman in college. You chose to continue your education in order to improve your chances of finding a better job. You chose the difficult path of higher education in search of more knowledge and understanding through research and experiences. Shall we say, you are a more mature student? Spring break alternatives now make the most sense. On the contrary, there is nothing wrong with spending a week on a Florida beach. We have all done it and it is a lot of fun. Consider, however, that many of the same alternative spring break options outlined above can be done from a tropical location!