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Last Minute Spring Break Plans

dSpring break is tantalizingly close, and the weather this week probably has you even more excited to forget about classes for a precious few days. However, I for one have procrastinated heavily on making any concrete plans with my friends. And while it’s probably too late to plan an extravagant trip to Cancun or South Beach, here are some ideas for how to spend your time next week, just in case you put it off too.

Take a Day Trip to a State Park

Although it’s true Indiana has a lot of cornfields, that’s not all we’re made of. The state is peppered with parks that will make you question what state you’re really in (Turkey Run is a personal favorite of mine). Grab your hiking boots, granola bars and canteens and explore the trails. Maybe even rent a canoe and spend the day on the water before retreating to the park inn. No matter what state you’re going back to, you’ll be sure to find a park that can provide some cheap entertainment.

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Visit as many friends as possible

Having friends from your hometown that go to other schools usually means you see them only a handful of times a year, and this is one of those times. Take an old friend out to lunch at your favorite local restaurant to reminisce about the days of old. You can even get the whole squad back together and go paintballing or mini golfing. If you used to work somewhere in your hometown through high school visit them too, the job reference and connection you reinforce could be very valuable to your career.

Find a new hobby (or revisit an old one)

This is one of the best ways to avoid feeling totally lazy over break. Start learning how to cook (your roommates or significant other will thank you), start working out (future you will appreciate this), or maybe pick up that instrument you always wanted to play or a language you wish you could speak. Regardless of what hobby you might try out, it can be a great conversation starter and a way for you to meet new people in the future.

Do nothing

The magic conch has spoken! Hey, there’s absolutely no shame in this option. We’ve all been there. Grab your cat and a jar of Nutella and kick back with some Netflix, it could be the perfect way to recharge your batteries for the next 7 weeks.

Regardless of your plans (or lack thereof), have a fun break Hoosiers!

dBrandon Jones is a junior at IU majoring in Sports Marketing and Management with minors in Business and Spanish. He one day hopes to work for a professional sports organization in either marketing or communications. He is also a director on IU Student Athletic Board.

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