Madelain Tigano– The Corsair
A salty aroma fills the air as the hot rays beat down, tanning exposed flesh. Booze and sun oil lie next to oversized towels of the vacationers who have flocked to the warmth of the shore to release their stress in a week of freedom.
Spring break: it’s what most college students look forward to every year. It offers the ability to hang loose with friends, make new ones, take a trip, acquire extra work hours or just enjoy a break from the books.
Students are already making plans for PJC’s spring break from March 29 to April 4.
“My friend and I might go on a road trip to Orlando and Miami,” said pre-law student Micha Mesuri. “I’ve never been to Miami, so it should be fun.”
Brennan Decker, a pre-pharmacy student, said he is “probably working more hours at Java Junkies in Navarre to make extra money for the summer.” But he also plans to hit one of the local beaches.
Jet skiing in the waters of Perdido Key is criminal justice major Josh Hatten’s plan. Unlike previous spring breaks, he’s not going out of town to experience one of the most popular destinations this time of year.
“Panama City Beach parties harder than we do,” Hatten said.
However, our neighboring beach plans to calm down its 2010 spring break season. It won’t be partnering with MTV like previous years. The music-television network has provided entertainment and televised the partying of Panama City Beach in the past.
“I think mtvU has managed to paint us with a big black brush,” Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberst said in a news article. Oberst also said mtvU events brought in too many unruly spring breakers.
But Cassandra Williams, a criminal psychology major, doesn’t have the beach in mind. The trip she has planned is much more unusual.
“For spring break I am going to find my brother that I’ve never met,” she said. “I will be spending the whole week in Anniston, Ala.”
Williams explains that her older brother is actually her half-brother from her dad’s side.
“I found him on MySpace. My younger brother and I are going to see him,” Williams said. “We are going to spend the week getting to know each other and going out places.”
Pirate baseball player Terry McClinton said he has baseball games throughout the week. Yet he knows what would be the ultimate spring break.
“My ideal spring break would be in Key West, fishing the flats with a few good friends,” McClinton said.