Cheers to a Safe, Responsible Spring Break!


Emily Loughridge

The flowers blooming across campus signal that Spring break is here, and with it a campus of students ready for the break. Gabi Merchen gives a few pieces of advice to USAO’s students as they head into this break.

Gabi Merchen, Contributing Writer

Spring break is finally here, and The Trend can hear the collective cheers of academically exhausted students across the country. This week of March is a time to kick back, relax, and forget about all those pesky responsibilities like studying, sleeping, and finally turning in all those missing assignments. Those are problems for next week. Before you start chugging your weight in margaritas and dancing on tables like people in “Coyote Ugly,” let’s talk about safe drinking advice and responsible fun.

First and foremost, The Trend wants to emphasize the importance of staying hydrated. Yes, we know you’re going to be consuming a lot of alcohol, but remember to balance it out with plenty of water. Not only will this help prevent the dreaded hangover, but it will also keep you from passing out in a public place and becoming an unwitting internet sensation.

Secondly, there’s the matter of moderation. The Trend wants you to have a good time, but there’s a fine line between “fun” and “disastrous.” So, pace yourself and know your limits. If you find yourself slurring your words or forgetting your own name, it’s time to switch to water (see above).

Thirdly, it’s important to have a brief conversation about being responsible. Yes, The Trend knows it’s tempting to go wild, listen to SZA and party-hardy all week long, but do try and remember that, despite what that weird James Franco movie would have you believe, your actions on spring break do still have consequences. Before you jump off that balcony into the pool, think about the potential injuries and legal ramifications. And, if you do decide to do something crazy, make sure you have a designated sober friend to keep you in check (as well as someone to film it in case it’s awesome).

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, this break, as much as it may engender the party spirit, is designed as a time to rest. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, indulge in plenty of self-care, and remember to spend your spring break exactly how you want. Whether that’s sleeping for seven days or drinking like a thirsty camel at a desert oasis, we leave the choice up to you.

In conclusion, The Trend wants you to have a safe and enjoyable spring break. Remember to stay hydrated, moderate your drinking, and be responsible. And, if all else fails, just take a nap and call it a day. You’ll come back rejuvenated and ready to conquer the rest of the trimester.

Cheers to a great spring break!


Gabi Merchen is a third-year Communication major at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.