Students Can’t Wait for Winter Break

Junior Max Garton prepares to hit the slopes during last winter break.

Junior Max Garton prepares to hit the slopes during last winter break. Photo: Max Garton

As the winter break rolls around, Pace students and faculty begin to pack their bags and travel across the globe. Winter Break gives students two weeks off to enjoy the holiday season, relax after a week of exams, and prepare for the next semester. Students are thrown right back into hectic schedules with Spirit Week the first week of January, so the break is a necessary time for leisure and recuperation. Whether enjoying a tropical vacation,  snowy skiing adventure or a relaxing staycation, students and faculty alike are eager to have some time off from school.

Junior Jack Rubenstein is excited for a tropical getaway to the Turks and Cacaos this winter break. “I haven’t seen my brother [Sam Rubenstein ’14] in months,” said Jack, “so I’m looking forward to kicking it at the beach while spending quality time with my family.” Similarly, sophomore Megan Walsh is traveling to the tropical Grand Cayman island with her family, where she hopes to relax and get a tan.

While some prepare to escape the harsh Atlanta winter by traveling to tropical destinations, others plan to embrace the cold by traveling to ski resorts. Sophomore Hanna Greenberg is looking forward to skiing in Colorado with her family this winter break. Likewise, junior Mick Stone prepares to make his annual pilgrimage to Park City where he and his family will once again spend the holidays in skiing bliss. “I’m so excited to get out on the slopes this season” said Mick. “There has already been a lot of snow out in Park City, so there will no doubt be some pow lines to shred.”

Juniors Tom Phillips and Sam Hawn prepare to go abroad to England. The two look forward to traveling the countryside, visiting Tom’s family, and going to a Chelsea soccer match. “I’m definitely most excited for the Chelsea game,” said Tom. “Manchester United is a bitter rival of Chelsea, so it should be a good game.”

Although some are traveling to incredible places, most are either taking modest trips to visit family or enjoying a staycation during the holiday season. Jack Dwyer is prepared to relax at home with his family and destress after a long first semester. Similarly, Mr. Walker and his wife are traveling to Rochester and Buffalo, New York to spend the holidays with their families. “The holidays are an important time to reflect over the past year,” said Mr. Walker, “and they are best experienced in the company of family and friends.”