When I look up the definition of spring break, this is what I find: recess in early spring at universities and schools in various countries around the world. Nothing about any craziness or wildness is mentioned there, but it sure is happening.
My idea of spring break was already made up way before I came to the United States to experience it. French channels love to produce and air documentaries about American culture. The ones about spring break have always shown the same thing — alcohol, danger and partying.
When a couple of my friends asked me to go to Florida with them during spring break in 2010, my parents weren’t too geeked about it. I could have told them I was going to Montana, they would have thought the same, because of the simple fact called spring break.
They told me to be extremely careful and would not stop calling me to make sure everything is fine. However, when I told my American host family that I was going, they were very happy for me and told me to enjoy my time. Of course, our generation, both French and American, only sees one good side of it: fun.
I must admit, the first time I touched down in Miami, I expected to see wildness all over the place, and it is exactly what I have witnessed. South Beach is nothing but beautiful people looking to have any kind of fun. I’ve also figured that only a few places are associated with what we considered fun and crazy in the U.S,, which are a couple cities in Florida and Las Vegas.
I couldn’t imagine spending it anywhere else because it seems to hold a tradition. When someone asks me where I went this year and I say Florida, they automatically assume that I had fun, because that is about it is supposed to be, even though the person might not have been themselves.
As I ran into a lot of locals during my stay, I thought I’d ask them a couple questions. They said spring break was pretty much the same, nothing special for them and that everything that was occurring was normal, but they always like to come out and watch the happenings because it gets more crowded around that specific period.
Something I have always wondered is why is that that much craziness happens a lot more in March? People do not get that crazy during the two weeks we get for winter break. Is it because of the weather? Or is it because they feel bad sinning so much around the Christmas period? Are we trying to see how much fun we can have in less than a week? Who really knows?
This year was my third time returning to Miami, and one thing I know for sure is that all the exoticism of the area and the people from different backgrounds make you want to bring the foreigner out of you. For a second I became a French tourist and forgot that I was a Michigander, for a week at least.
Pictures of the Year 2012-2013
8:00 am | MBA Information Meeting: AM session
10:00 am | SAP Farm Stand
5:30 pm | MBA Information Meeting: PM Session
11:00 am | GVSU Track & Field at NCAA Championships
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