By Ryan Laspina
Analyst, Red Flags and External Reviews at APUS
It is that time again! The clocks have changed to Daylight Saving Time, the weather is getting nicer, and that itch to get away from your hectic life for a week is starting to kick in.
For college students, spring break is a way to ring in the new season by soaking up rays, road-tripping with friends or spring cleaning. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying yourself during spring break, here are a few tips to help your wallet (and your GPA) enjoy spring break as well.
Stay Up to Date with Assignments
If your school calendar provides a week off for spring break, make sure you are up to date with all your assignments before partaking in the festivities. Many professors expect an assignment or two to be completed during spring break. So get the assignments completed before all the fun begins. Your final grade will thank you later.
Try to Minimize Your Expenses
If you are going on vacation for the week, figure out a way to keep costs down. Travel in a group, see if someone you know has a rental home or time share, or pick a local destination where you do not have to incur airline fees. Most people like to go someplace warm, but there are other budget-friendly options out there when you’re creative.
Keep Alcohol Consumption Reasonable
Limit alcohol purchases and consumption. Spring break is a great time to unwind, but there is no benefit to drinking copious amounts of alcohol. You could spend much more than you wanted to, or you could even do something you will regret later. Try to limit the partying that goes on during your break.
Make Your Own Spring Break
If you are attending an online university, you may have to “create” your own spring break. If you do not have classes you’re scheduled to attend, make sure you have completed all your outstanding assignments before taking time off. Online students definitely deserve a nice break as well, so make sure you plan your time accordingly.
While it’s tempting to make the most out of your spring break, reasonable self-restraint is still necessary. Poor decisions made during your spring break can have an adverse effect on your financial situation, your academic standing and even on your health and well-being.