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Have you ever considered participating in the Alternative Spring Break program?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on March 27, 2008

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“No. I think it’s a really good idea, but I always thought of spring break as a chance to relax. I would like to, though, if I had another one coming.”

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“I did a lot of community service stuff when I first got to KU, so I considered it. It always seems like I’m too busy catching up on all of my student theater projects during that time.”

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“I’ve thought about it before, but never that seriously. My friend just got back from helping out in New Orleans and said it was amazing, so I really regret not going when I had the chance because this is my last semester.”

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“No. I need my breaks, and I enjoy them thoroughly.”


acg 9 years, 11 months ago

harley I couldn't have said it better myself. Please don't be a in a hurry to grow up and be bogged down with responsibility too fast because once it happens, you're sunk and there's no way out except death. Can ya'll tell I'm having a mid life crisis?

acg 9 years, 11 months ago

Abso-freakin'-lutely. ; ) Hey it works for republicans, why not me?

coolmom 9 years, 11 months ago

by all means if the mood stikes go help someone else. i find that students can get a lot out of it. i also find that the week off can really give kids a chance to relax and come back recharged the way it often can for the adults who work with them. in my case i have a bunch at home and its like work all the time. we finalize our adoption on our newest teen for a penny in for a pound lol.

jonas 9 years, 11 months ago

What, exactly, defines an "Alternative" spring break? Is it the social responsibility factor, or something else?

I took a couple different type trips with my youth group back in my church-going days (IE: The days my parents took me to Church), the best of which was the trip to the Dominican Republic to help build a hospital. I found it to be a great experience, and it was a good time to do it (16) because I came back with a totally different perspective on American and International life, one that still is a large guiding factor within my life today.

Take_a_letter_Maria 9 years, 11 months ago

acg (Anonymous) says:

Abso-freakin'-lutely. ; ) Hey it works for republicans, why not me?

According to Mr. Will, you've got that backwards.

Take_a_letter_Maria 9 years, 11 months ago

Excellent example Jonas.

Learn a little, live a little, sweat a little and still have fun.

My dad had me help out at his job quite often whenever I had a break from school. I got the lesson loud and clear about getting an education or get stuck being a laborer for the rest of your life. I'm not disparaging laborers, just bringing it up because I've seen too many people broken down at a (relatively) young age because of the work.

sunflower_sue 9 years, 11 months ago

Yes, I like to take my spring break earlier/later than everybody else. The lines at the ski lifts are much shorter!

jonas 9 years, 11 months ago

Thanks, Maria. Me and my wife-to-be (at the time) got a chance to go back a few years ago with my folks (they stopped going to that church when they moved to San Diego but still go to the DR every year) as part of a more medical-oriented trip. (The church is Village Presbyterian in Prairie Village, JoCo, btw) They send a team of doctors and medical staff every year to the dirt poor sugar-cane cutting villages to provide basic medical care to the people there. (They actually sell their services for 1-2 pesos or what they can afford, on the theory that something given holds less value than something earned and paid for) My wife's a nurse so she was really able to contribute. I was crowd control and menial labor for the most part. ;) I did get to practice my Spanish, which was really funny because I was studying 1st year Japanese at the time, so what generally came out at the start was a 3 language hybrid that no one understood, that I fondly came to call Japanglish.

jonas 9 years, 11 months ago

Oh, on the by, you should check my theory regarding that Will article. I resist the idea that political ideology has much to do with anything of concrete value.

Of course, that probably goes more for Acg than for you. . . .

sgtwolverine 9 years, 11 months ago

No, but I'm considering driving to Indiana tomorrow. Does that count?

sunflower_sue 9 years, 11 months ago

"cynical pinheads displaying their sophistication" -bennyoates

I think we just found a new title for our board! Brilliant! I call up and order our T-shirts.

sunflower_sue 9 years, 11 months ago

Oh, I forgot to ask for sizes. Oh, and a check for $39.95. (I'm going to order the organic bamboo shirts because they are softer...and the extra money is well worth it and all of you can just take it out of your economy stimulus check. Besides, the shipping from Indonesia is a killer.)

ohjayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

sue - could you please get me an Extra Medium shirt? I'd appreciate it :)

tonythetiger 9 years, 11 months ago

I tried going to Spring Break once and their Grrrreeeaaattt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

preebo 9 years, 11 months ago

At CU we had a similar program during the break between Fall and Spring semesters It was referred to as Winterim. Compressed timeline but interesting class options. I took advantage of it because I was a double major (Conservation Biology & Political Science) and I didn't want to be in school longer then was necessary. I would recommend it to those looking to get the most out of college without spending a decade working on a Bachelors, you know who you are.

sunflower_sue 9 years, 11 months ago

fleeba, are you announcing or did it finally come late? I'm offering a great maternity T-shirt, as well.

notajayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Once I considered going to Cancun, but picked South Padre as an alternate.

notajayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Sorry, should have been more specific as this said participating in a program, not going to a destination.

Once I considered spending a week getting drunk in Cancun, but picked spending a week getting drunk on South Padre as an alternate.

GretchenJP 9 years, 11 months ago

What is this "Spring Break" you speak of?

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