March is here already. So what does that mean for college students? Two words: Spring Break. Many students face the same adversities every year during the break. Endless homework due on the day school starts back, binge drinking and pregnancy scares. However, there are plenty of precautions that students can take to make things go a lot easier.

First things first, get all of your homework out of the way. No one wants to be bogged down by homework during Spring Break. By getting it out of the way before the break starts, you will save yourself from a lot of stress. Besides, chances are you have known about the assignment since the semester started. Do not wait until the last minute to do it. You want to be able to enjoy as much of the break as you possibly can.

Second, double-check yourself. Make sure you have packed all of the essentials; hygiene products, a swimsuit or two, and a phone charger. Of course there will be plenty of places wherever you travel with the listed items available for purchase. However, they will be highly overpriced. Save yourself the trouble and take a few minutes to check your bags again before you leave. Also be sure to double-check all hotel and travel arrangements. To further insure your safety, as well as those you travel with, keep your phone charged. It is important that you all remain in contact with each other in the case that you get separated.

Third, bring extra money. Going on vacation requires that you bring more than just enough money to pay for meals. In the case that you forgot to pack something, you will need the funds to purchase those things. Maybe you want to buy your family or friends souvenirs. Maybe you want to rent a jet ski. Maybe your car gets towed. Whatever the case may be, being financially prepared can go a long way.

Fourth, drink responsibly. Remember that it is illegal to consume alcohol under the age of 21. Please do not drink and drive, nor let friends who have been drinking get behind the wheel. It is also very important to always be aware of your surroundings, which may be a tad bit impossible if you have had too much to drink. One of the best things you can do for yourself and your friends during Spring Break is to remain coherent.

Last but not least, wrap it up. According to The University of West Georgia’s Health Services 2013 annual report, more patients were treated for STDs in the month of March than any other month. Do not take it as a coincidence, take it as a warning. The Health Center has free condoms available upon request.  There is absolutely no excuse not to be careful.

Whether you stay in Carrollton for Spring Break, go to Panama City Beach or visit your parents, be safe. Most importantly, enjoy yourself. Have a wonderful break UWG.

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