Spring break is on the mind of most college students. Some students flood the beaches, drink until they drop and have moments they may never forget. Others are ready to let loose after midterm exams and long hours of studying. Spring break may seem the definition of fun, but carelessness could make next week a living nightmare.
Safety should be the first thing on every college student’s mind. It does not matter if the destination is South Padre Island or a quiet week in deserted San Marcos. Ill-intentioned people may be uncommon, but they do exist. Remain cautious throughout next week.
If you choose to drink, under no circumstance should you drive. This includes jet skiing or driving a boat on Canyon Lake. Driving while intoxicated is a well-known danger among college students and cannot be taken lightly. Also, drinking in excess is a dangerous reality. Most drinkers know their limits. However, the atmosphere of spring break can tempt even the most seasoned drinker to push boundaries, often in unfamiliar settings. This mixture of intoxication and unusual environments can be a recipe for danger. Students must remain coherent enough to understand a dangerous situation. Spring breakers cannot sacrifice caution for endless amounts of alcohol. College students should cut loose and relax without having to deal with consequences they may regret.
Last year, the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a warning to students urging them to avoid traveling to Mexico. On March 6, DPS issued a similar warning, citing information from the U.S. Department of State requesting travelers avoid vacationing in 14 Mexican states including resort destinations such as Cancun, Tijuana and Cabo San Lucas. According to this warning, dangers including homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, rape, sexual assault, carjacking and highway robbery have all been reported by United States citizens. Some students may have booked hotel rooms or flights to the area, and many will follow through with travel plans despite the warning. The editorial board cannot cancel any plans, and only encourages those traveling to Mexico to heed this warning with the utmost sincerity.
For many college students, family can be low on their spring break priority list. For some, spring break could mean the last time to see family until the end of final exams. Take time to visit parents, brothers or sisters next week. Your idea of a great time could be sunbathing or partying on the beach, but your mom’s idea of fun may be just seeing her.
College students deserve a break from a grueling semester of exams and studies. Let loose, meet new people and most of all enjoy spring break. However, remember to make intelligent and safe decisions throughout the week.