What to Do if You’re Stuck at School During Spring Break

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Originally published on March 7th, 2018, on Her Campus UCF.

Writers Note: This was originally written before making plans to surprise my family for spring break, but then uploaded to fake them out in order to keep the secret going.

Stuck in Orlando for spring break? Wow, first world problems, huh? Well when you’re like me and forgot to make plans, it sucks hearing about all the fun trips everyone is going on, knowing the furthest you’re going to travel is from your bedroom to the kitchen. But it doesn’t have to be that way, here are some fun things you can do around Orlando to keep the vacation spirit alive because even if we aren’t actually traveling anywhere, we love to brag about how we live where you vacation.

1. Make Lunch Plans with Someone Else Who Stayed Local

So chances are that not every single person you’ve ever met is abandoning UCF for spring break, so call up that girl in your accounting class, message that boy from your intramural team, and take the opportunity to get to know them better. It’s an excuse to leave the house, and you might come out with more friends.

2. Spend a Day at the Pool

It is Orlando after all, and if you don’t have a pool, chances are there’s one you can go to in a 5-mile radius. Take some time to chill out and work on that killer tan, so when you get back to class, no one will be the wiser that you stayed in town.

3. Splurge on amusement park tickets

You’re already saving a ton of money by staying home, so take a moment to treat yo’ self during the mid-semester slump and head over to Universal or Disney for the day. After all, people typically spend thousands of dollars to visit here specifically for that. Might as well take advantage of that student discount and enjoy the fun.

4. Hit The Beach

So it’s not Cancun, but Cocoa Beach is only an hour away, and Instagram will be none the wiser. Enjoy that sand and the sun, because it is spring break after all. Just remember to lather on the sunblock, because combating a killer sunburn after coming back to school will be a double loss.

5. Head Downtown

Downtown Orlando is full of hidden gems that deserve their own post but take a day (or night) to explore something new you haven’t done before. In the midst of hearing about everyone trying something new on their vacation, don’t get lost in your day to day routine. Try something new, and make an adventure out of your hometown.

See, Orlando isn’t too boring, huh? Make the most out of your staycation, and I promise you will make memories to last a lifetime.

xoxo,

 

Sophomore Year Recap

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And just like that, I’m halfway done with my undergraduate career here at UCF. Wait, what? Where did the time go? Honestly, I wish I knew so that I could tell it to stop, take a breath and slow down. It feels like just last week I left Pittsburgh and jumped into my life here in Orlando, but that fact that we are coming up on my two year anniversary of moving here is absolutely bonkers. Yet sophomore year flew by faster than I could have ever imagined.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that my I spent my fall semester interning at Walt Disney World as a participant in the Disney College Program. With that under my belt, the first semester of my sophomore year flew by. Upon being reenrolled as a student at UCF, I wasn’t expecting the next four months to occur in the blink of an eye.

I started out the semester strong, maybe too strong. I enrolled in 19 credit hours because I clearly enjoy making myself suffer. The average for students here is 15 credit hours per semester, and most opt to take 12. The maximum you’re even allowed to take is 17, so why I thought to override all the rules to take 19 was a good idea is beyond me. But I had to make up for spending a semester riding rollercoasters, so six in-person lectures and one cooking lab it was.

After a five-month hiatus from learning, it was time to kick it into high gear and take this semester by storm, all while getting adjusted to new living habits and extracurriculars. Three days before the semester began, I moved into my first big girl apartment, with my own bedroom and bathroom (!!!). I decorated to my heart’s content and renewed my lease so it will be my permanent home in Orlando at least until July 2019, if not longer.

Living near campus again meant I was finally able to get back into the swing of things with my extracurriculars, Campus Activities Board, and Her Campus. As a member of Her Campus UCF’s executive board, I was really able to let my leadership flourish this year. By the end of the semester, I was even appointed to be next year’s president and co-campus correspondent. I am beyond excited to lead my favorite organization down a path of success, as it has been one of my goals since my very first meeting freshman year.

After so many great things began happening to me here in Orlando, it was my mission to find a way to stay here through the summer. Thus, the job hunt began. Fortunately, I discovered an incredible internship opportunity early on in the semester to apply for. I spent a few months applying and going through multiple interviews before hearing the amazing news that I earned one of only two positions available. So this summer I will be working as a LEAD Intern for Bluegreen Vacations, a timeshare resort company, at their Orlando resort, The Fountains. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to work in hotels and resorts, as it’s been one of my main goals within the hospitality industry. This program will give me the opportunity to rotate between six or seven different positions in the hotel, to learn what I have a liking towards so I can prepare for a management internship in that role. On top of that, the resort had discovered my writing and knack for social marketing and asked if I could work on doing some of that for their website, and of course, I was beyond excited to be offered the opportunity to combine two of my passions into one.

And a full-time job in Orlando means I needed to begin the car search so I could actually get to work each day. So thus began the stressful process that was buying a car in Florida, while my parents were still in Pennsylvania. But we survived, and I now have a beautiful baby girl to drive around town in, and I finally feel like I’ve made this city my new home.

So this semester consisted of murdering my sanity with way too many classes, working extra hard on extracurriculars, and becoming a real-life grown up. Too much adulting, if you ask me, but it had to be done. My social life? Hah, yeah it was basically non-existent, as you can tell, but taking a semester to advance and improve myself, was much needed, and will ensure a future full of opportunity down here.

I’m looking forward to a blistering hot summer like no other, and for it to go by as slooooowly as possible because the thought of being a junior in college is enough to make me want to puke. But if time has to move so quickly, I’m just overjoyed that I found the perfect place to live it in.

xoxo,