Students reluctant to return to school

Students nap in the Union on Monday morning. — Dane Goodwin Colby Patterson
Students nap in the Union on Monday morning. Photo by Dane Goodwin.

Students nap in the Union on Monday morning. Photo by Dane Goodwin.

U students may be back from Spring Break, but that does not mean they want to be here.

“I feel like it was too short,” said Brian Truong, a junior in business, about the break. Truong spent the week in Las Vegas, and although he thinks students would have benefited from a longer break, Truong does think that a week off helped him personally.

“I was so stressed out, so a vacation was much needed,” Truong said. “So I guess I feel a lot better now, but I do wish that it was a bit longer.”

Students from the U traveled all over the country and the world during the week-long break. Many also stayed in Utah. Veronica Aguilera, a senior in communication, stayed in town to adhere to her work schedule. Nonetheless, she said she is still having trouble adjusting.

“Waking up was hard,” Aguilera said. “Even though I worked, I [went] at 11 or noon, so I didn’t have to wake up early. But now I have to wake up at six o’clock in the morning because I have class at eight.”

Other students chose to stay in Salt Lake during the break for different reasons. Hannah May, a freshman in environmental studies and sustainability, dedicated her break to skiing.

“I skied nearly every day during the break and was able to work on my goggle tan and improve the likeliness of contracting melanoma at 11,000 feet,” May said. “A few friends who [live] out of state were [also] in town, so we were able to spend time together.”

She also said hearing stories about trips elsewhere has made her feel left out.

“Spring Break 2014 was a nice, much-needed break from work and school,” May said. “[But] it was hard to listen to all the cool trips and adventures people went on during break, [while] I just stayed home and did the same thing I would have done during a regular school week.”

Still, May thinks staying home had its own advantages — for one thing, she did not spend money on travel. She also feels grateful to be living somewhere she considers a vacation in and of itself.

“Skiing is my passion, and I know that the money I saved last week will go towards many amazing trips in the future,” May said. “I live where other people vacation, so that makes me feel happy.”

Sheryl Cansino, a freshman in psychology, spent her Spring Break the same way many students do at the U — traveling for the sake of remaining involved in her education. She attended the MEChA conference in Colorado, but she feels that being so busy did not give her any time to wind down before she was thrown back into school.

“I’m tired,” she said. “I wanna go home and sleep, and I need another week to recover.”

ivy.smith@chronicle.utah.edu