As my friends travelled to tropical places and went to the refuge of their homes, I decided to spend spring break on campus, working for admissions in the mornings and babysitting in the afternoons. While this sounds a bit sad, I’ve found it to be a very nice re-set, and living in the (mostly) empty dorms is nothing short of glorious.
It’s not to say that I dislike dorm living. I’ve loved getting to know some of my hallmates, and it’s comforting to have people around all of the time. You’re never alone, which can be nice. As a second-semester sophomore, however, dorm living can be a little much. Because you’re never alone, any semblance of privacy is completely scrapped. I do like being able to leave my room to go to the bathroom without people in the hallways watching me do so.
Life without the dining halls (for a week) has proven to be a challenge simply because it takes a lot more time to make my own food. I realize that I can take the wonderful convenience of the dining hall for granted from time to time, and I have to plan more meticulously in order to not end up ridiculously hungry. I also had a cooking partner last night because my friend was also on campus, so we took to the small South Hall kitchen to make our sophisticated dinners (of chicken sausage, spinach, and sweet potatoes).
The other good thing about spring break is that I don’t need to fight with anybody for any space. Instead of going to the gym early in the morning (as I usually do), I went late in the afternoon when I was done working, which is usually a time when the gym is too full for me to do what I usually want to do.
Do I wish I was doing something somewhere interesting, cool, and/or warm? A little bit. But, I’m making some money during spring break, and I’m enjoying the relative solitude that comes with that.