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Spring Break Tips for Your Students

By Erin Cromeans

Group of individuals standing behind a red ribbon with Larry SparksSpring semester presents many exciting social opportunities for students at the University of Mississippi, one of which includes spring break. Some students see spring break as a necessary time away from college to visit a beach, go skiing or travel the world. However, they may have unrealistic expectations about the experience. At the Center for Wellness Education, we want to provide you and your students some tips for ensuring a safe and fun-filled vacation.

How can you help?
As parents, you can be a major part of your students’ spring break experience:

  • Talk to your students about their plans for the break. You can discuss with them where they will be, who they plan to be with, and even set a daily time for the students to check in with you. Having contact information for others on the trip can help ensure everyone’s safety, especially in the case of an emergency.
  • Remind your students about many possibilities for the break. Some students travel to beaches or the mountains, continue working or relax at home. Spring break can take many forms, so advise them not to feel pressured to conform to one idea.
  • If driving is in the travel plans during the break, remind them not to be distracted by texting as it is against the law and puts others in danger.
  • Ensure your students take care of themselves during the break by reminding them to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated and be cautious about their sexual health. These are simple but crucial steps in ensuring a safe and healthy break.
  • Stress in the conversation that underage drinking is against the law. Drinking and driving can and should be avoided at all costs. Tell them to remember that there are numerous forms of transportation if someone is under the influence. Also, they should know that there are other ways to have fun without the consumption of substances.
  • Encourage your students and fellow travelers to be aware of their valuables at all times. These items do not need to be out in the open, and there needs to be an emergency plan in case they are lost or stolen. Consider labeling items with the student’s name and number to have them returned if lost.

Following our spring break survival tips can lead to a safe, fun and responsible vacation. The William Magee Center for Wellness Education is a great resource available for students traveling for spring break, but we encourage you and your students to do adequate research on their travel destination and other healthy choices for a safe spring break.

Erin Cromeans is assistant director of wellness education for the William Magee Center for Wellness Education. She can be reached at wellnessedu@olemiss.edu.