Spring Break Blues?

By Gregory John "G.J." Vitale on March 18, 2012
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For many around the Tufts campus, there is undaunted excitement:  the Bahamas, Cancun, Puerto Rico are on the lips of too-long-stifled college students eager to escape to warmer climates, overpriced frozen drinks, and the beach as much as humanly possible.  These lucky kids who have parents who can pay for a week of drunken freedom, enjoy yourselves. The majority of us will be living in the real world.  So, upload your pictures to Facebook and Twitter about how glad you are to be out of “that Boston cold” or “the same-old same-old,” but just don’t expect me to comment on your posts with “Man, I’m so jealous,” or “Wish I coulda gone!”

I live in, and am spending Spring Break in, South Florida, so I know the appeal of beach front parties and sun-drenched days of leisure.  Many of my fellow classmates, however, are going back to their homes in Chicago or Indianapolis to spend the time off with their families.  Living in a hot spot for spring breakers, I am on the constant look-out for drunk drivers, acts of stupidity, and incessant calls to “PARTY!”  Let me just give a fair warning to both groups who have never spring “broke” before and to those who have and still romanticize about the experience: people actually LIVE where you are going crazy and, at the end of the day, WE will have to deal with the aftermath.  Don’t get me wrong:  I appreciate all the revenue you create for our area every year.  I am just saying be aware.

As the experienced local, I feel it is my duty to inform any of you who are imagining lying out on the pristine white sand with the water nipping at your feet that you may be lucky to find a 6X6 ft. patch of sand.  And South Beach?  Forget it.  You’ll be lucky to find enough room to apply sunscreen.  But who am I to tell you what is enjoyable or not?  I have seen our generation and we DO seem to like cramped, overpriced situations (think of the concerts and clubs that we think are great). So, take the information I have given as you wish and, I ask of you, please do not wear shoes on the beach and throw cigarette butts in the sand.

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South Florida native. Student and employee at Tufts University. Uloop National Columnist and former Campus Editor. Brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon Mass Zeta. Probably an insomniac. Check out my writing portfolio here - https://gregv.contently.com/ and my personal blog here - http://vitalewrites.blogspot.com

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