The Mustang Express
Spring break brings taste of freedom for students, teachers alikeFriday, March 04, 2011 By Jayme Flamm
Every year there is a magical week, filled with tanning and smoothies. Students get a small taste of summer filled with sun, swimming and hanging with friends. Teachers will travel to places they never imagined, and the beaches will fill with college and high school students who are desperate for some time in the waves. This exciting week can be summed in two words that stir enthusiasm deep inside the hearts of Americans: spring break. Spring break gives students time to relax and find temporary relief from all of the stress that comes with school. Students find this time useful to be able to have a short break to hang with friends and sleep in. Freshman Samantha Miller sums up the value of spring break. “It think it’s good because you’re getting a break where you’re not forgetting everything that you learned like summer, but you’re getting a long enough break [where] you actually have time off and get to do things with friends,” Miller said. Teacher Kristy Roschke plans to take a trip to Paris and Nice during her vacation time. She hopes that the trip will bring her many new experiences. “My husband and I are celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary. . .” Roschke said. “We wanted to go on a nice trip and we haven’t been to Europe in awhile . . . we haven’t been to Paris so it seemed like the perfect place to go.” While traveling and taking time off from work, Roschke will face new challenges in Europe. Many people do not speak English in Paris, so she will be faced with the newfound challenge of learning to get around a foreign place. However, she accepts the challenge gladly. “Most places in the world there are a number of people speaking English so you can get your way around, but also there are a lot of French people that don’t speak English,” Roschke said. “Having to get your way around a foreign country can be a little intimidating, but I’m excited for that challenge. During spring break, choir, band and drama students are planning a trip to travel to New York City and visit popular tourist attractions. Senior Madeline Pado, who is going on the trip, expects the students attending to gain new experiences from the travels. “We’re going to see different Broadway shows as well as go to a clinic where we’ll be working with professional musicians,” Pado said. “We might possibly be doing an exchange with another high school there where we would perform for them and they would perform for us.” The students will be traveling to experience new challenges and gain worldly views on instruments, acting, and singing. Pado believes that the things she will experience while on her trip in New York will prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. “It think just the experience of going out of state with a big group of high school students will be really cool,” Pado said. “It’s something different because you’re experiencing it with your peers. Spring break gives students a chance to relax and take a break from their studies. Despite the break being short, students and teachers alike are planning to use their time off to gain new experiences and learn new things about the world around them.