After months of complaining about being a broke college student, many students still end up lounging on the beach in Florida or Mexico come mid-March, leaving me to ask what gives!? It can certainly put a damper on your spring break excitment when you're sitting at home with nothing to do but vicariously live the tropical life through social media posts. Friends of mine were posting vacation stories of the weather being 80 degrees, meanwhile I got excited about it hitting 50 the other day.
While the spring break getaway jealousy is certainly real, it doesn't mean that you won't have a great spring break as well! Chances are that you aren't the only one in town who didn't hop on a flight the second classes ended, so it's a great time to catch up with friends from other schools who you haven't seen in a while. Since not every college will have the same spring break week as UMass does, you can also go visit friends at another campus to see what their school is like as well.
It is extremely easy to forget about all about your classes and obligations during your week off, but being home gives you the chance to get all of your work done on your own time and can even be helpful for getting ahead on assignments or studying. Your friends who are laying on the beach are definitely not reading a textbook, so they'll be stressed out cramming to get work done after returning to school on Sunday, but you will be calm and relaxed knowing that you got everything done already.
Especially as a freshman, taking spring break as a week to recuperate from the stress of midterms and spend time with family and friends at home is not a bad thing. You'll probably end up being thankful that you saved your money now and can maybe take a better trip during your junior or senior year instead.