Spring break to-do list

Emily Doran

After half a semester of tests, essays and projects, Grand Valley State University students are more than ready for spring break. For some, this period might be spent on sunny Florida beaches or even abroad on mission trips or other alternative breaks. Other students may stay in the general area in order to work, while many (myself included) will go home to be with family. Regardless of how you choose to spend your spring break, there are plenty of ways that you can use your time both productively and for much-needed relaxation.

First, consider reading a book for fun. A common lament which I hear from other students is that they lack the free time to read material outside of required coursework simply for pleasure. If there’s a book that you’ve been itching to read, spring break is the perfect time to take it off the shelf and do so. Personally, I’m eager to finish reading Marina Keegan’s collection, “The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories.”

Spring break is also the perfect time to binge-watch a show. With no classes and (hopefully) only a light amount of homework, you can catch up on episodes guilt-free. Or, if you like to live dangerously, you could always start a new show and get hooked right before the second half of the semester. I don’t necessarily recommend doing that, but hey, it’s nice to know that you could if you wanted.

Of course, spring break is also an optimal time for knocking out homework and other sundry to-do items. For example, with an entire week free from school, you could finish filling out applications for summer internships and jobs and research which classes you’ll need next year so that you’re prepared when registration opens. In addition, spring break is the perfect time to get started on your end-of-the-semester projects and papers; you can never start too early!

Most importantly, though, make sure that you vote in the Michigan presidential primary on March 8. While I typically prefer to refrain from discussing my political views in this column, I do feel the pressing need to mention, at least in passing, the importance of voting in this particular primary given the many colorful characters running for president and the many disturbing twists and turns which this election season has taken. If you are a member of the Republican Party, I particularly urge you to cast your vote and make your voice heard. The ridiculous Trump charade has gone on for long enough, and for the sake of the party and the countless people groups which Trump has targeted, Republicans must vote to nominate another candidate.

Regardless of how or where you spend your spring break, there are plenty of ways that you can relax and be productive. For example, you could use your newfound free time to read a book for fun, binge-watch a show, complete some homework and cross off various items from your to-do list. Most importantly, though, don’t forget to vote in the upcoming presidential primary!