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Imagine sitting in the warm sand, watching the bright blue waves rush to your feet and seagulls flying overhead. Life is going well.

Spring break – you have to just savor it.

Whether you’re heading South or staying home, spring break always will be something students look forward to. It is a time to soak up the sun on the beach or just curl up under those covers till noon. Meeting new people, shopping for the new season and having some down time with friends and family can really make the difference on how much you enjoy spring break.

Emily Miano, a teacher at Niagara Catholic High School, said she will be heading to Miami for spring break.

“It’s a cheap vacation. I’m just trying to get to warm weather,” Miano said. If she wasn’t heading there, she said, “I’d be looking out the window praying for warm weather in New York.”

Megan Hovey, 13, a seventh-grader at Canandaigua Middle School, said she is going to Florida with skating friends.

“I’m going for a training camp to skate with international coaches,” Megan said.

She said she doesn’t usually go away for spring break “so we’re going to try and pack a lot of things in since we are only going to be there for a week. This is important and fun so I’m excited.”

Jordan Bauth, a junior at Lancaster High School, said, “I normally go to Florida every year in March, but this is my first time going there for spring break.

“It’s important to make sure you wear sunscreen so you don’t burn,” she added. “You don’t want to get skin cancer so you should protect yourself. When it’s really sunny, I wear a hat and I always wear sunglasses.”

She said her favorite parts of visiting Florida are “the palm trees, the weather, the food, and the shopping definitely.”

Speaking of shopping, if you are going away for spring break, you will need to get prepared.

“Forever 21, H+M, Old Navy, Marshalls and T.J. Maxx are stores I found deals at,” Miano said.

When asked for advice for heading to the beach, Miano said, “Make sure you don’t bring as many valuables to the beach. If you do, make sure you hide them ... make sure it’s not someplace where someone can easily grab it.”

Some students may use their time off from school to get things accomplished.

Allison Stanko, a junior at Nardin Academy, said, “I’m going to tour colleges over spring break. It’s important to go see colleges before you apply to them because then you can picture yourself in a particular environment and find out if you like that college or not.

“Although I would love to go to Florida or the Caribbean I think this is a really important thing to do,” she said. “Once you know what you’re doing you can then take time off and go on trips and enjoy yourself.”

Allison also said she uses spring break to recharge.

“I savor those two weeks because before and after spring break teachers are always rushing to cram in things before the end of the year, so I think it’s good that you can refuel and refocus yourself before final exams so you can start getting ready for them.”

Remember if you are going on vacation or just staying at home, it won’t be long before you have to get back into the swing of things, so “entertain yourself so you can fully enjoy the experience,” Allison said.

Sonya Dube is a freshman at Niagara Catholic Junior-Senior High School.