Spring break is rapidly approaching and whether you are traveling for vacation, going home or staying in Muncie, everyone deserves to have a relaxing escape from classes. 

Here are nine tips to help maximize your week off:

1. Host a friend reunion

When was the last time you saw or even talked to your friends from high school? Call a few buddies up on the phone and reminisce on memories you shared with them or even make some new ones.

2. Keep your friends close, but family closer

It’s the last time you will probably see your family for an extended period of time before summer break. They will probably want to spend as much time with you as possible. Spend a couple days relaxing at home with people you love.

3. Grab some peanuts and Cracker Jack and enjoy a baseball game

Spring training is officially underway. Why not use the vacation to see your favorite team gear up for the regular season?

4. Don’t fall asleep on the beach

This one should be obvious. Unless you’re trying to have the shape of a hand burnt into your skin, slather on the sunscreen and keep active.  

5. Channel your inner wanderlust

Nothing exciting planned for the week? Just fill up a carload of friends and explore. Nothing is holding you back from discovering the hidden secrets the states have to offer.

6. Don’t spend too much time on social media

Sure we all want to share our amazing selfies, but don’t post too much while you’re there. Take some time to enjoy and live in the moment. The jealous-worthy pics can wait until you touch down at home. 

7. Be smart about your money

No one wants to end up miles from home without a penny to their name. Make sure you budget out exactly what you need prior to the trip to ensure that while your friends are swimming with dolphins, you can be cozying up next to Flipper too. 

8. Watch some Irish dancing

Staying in Muncie over break? “Rhythm of the Dance,” an Irish dance and music extravaganza that recognizes the history and transformation of the dance, is being hosted March 10 7:30 p.m. in Emens Auditorium. Better yet, tickets are only $10 for students. 

9. Remember that you’re still in school

Sorry to bring it up, but someone had to. While you shouldn’t be working all break, keep an eye out for what assignments await you on your return. This way, you won’t be returning jetlagged and unprepared.

Contact Evan Weaver with comments at erweaver@bsu.edu.