Whether traveling across town or traveling cross country, students get ready to relax.

By Haley Haxton

Students consider traditions, dates or simply the urge to travel as they plan for spring break 2013.

Traditon shaped sophomore Abigail Crum’s spring break plans this year.
“Throughout my childhood I have traveled to California with my family and will continue to do so,” Crum said.
An unusual custum taken into consideration by senior Mckenzie Martin’s family is to travel throughout the United States.
“Our [parents] have been trying to take us to all 50 states, since they got the idea from a friend when I was 6,” Martin said.
Although many students will not have family traditions on their minds as they prepare for spring break, travel is on the minds of most. According to an Arlingtonian survey, approximately 63 percent of students will be traveling this spring break. According to these satistics, a majority of those students will be heading south for the break.
Including those who travel south, 72 percent of students who intend to travel this spring break will be doing so with immediate family. However, 11 percent of students will be traveling with friends this year. Sophomore John Roberts agrees with those who believe that traveling gives one more of a break as opposed to staying home.
Screen shot 2013-03-25 at 1.18.40 PM“Depending on where you are, it’s nice to travel and get a break from school,” he said.
Unlike Roberts, principal Emilie Greenwald agrees with those who say it doesn’t matter where one is; it is still a relaxing break.
“I think any break helps students and staff recharge, regardless of whether it’s at home or away,”
she said.
Whether students agree or not that staying home gives one a break, 23 percent of students surveyed will be staying home this spring break.
Regardless of destinations or lack thereof, students will not be accompainied by those at the Ohio State University this year.
“I know it’s a long-standing tradition to hold UA’s spring break at the same time as Ohio State’s. When OSU moved to semesters, it changed their calendar,” Greenwald said.
According to Greenwald, if UA was to change the dates of its spring break to match the dates of OSU’s spring break (March 11-15), OGT’s would then be moved back a week, with an additional week after for make-ups.
“With so many new factors coming into play with the change in OSU’s spring break, the district decided to move break to the end of the third quarter, which makes sense for continuity of instruction at UAHS,” Greenwald said.
Although there has been a change in the way UA schedules its spring break, Greenwald said some will disregard the change and leave early for break.
“My preference is always that students are in school when school is in session, but I understand that families have other circumstances that drive their decisions to take their children out of school,” Greenwald said.
For students who are staying in Columbus this year for spring break and are in need of new ideas, Explore Ohio! on page 6 is a source for ideas that will add adventure to their spring break in Ohio.