The long-anticipated “senior spring break” has arrived, with seniors set to leave tomorrow for Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Seniors will stay at the Paradisus resort where they will enjoy all-inclusive food and drinks, a beautiful beach on the Caribbean and the company of one another. The trip is organized and chaperoned by parents.
While the idea of senior spring break may sound like paradise, many adults strongly discourage students from attending the trip due to its exclusivity, opportunity for poor decision-making and high costs. Some adults think that the seniors are too young for an international trip with this many naive high school-aged kids. “I think that senior spring break is good in theory and terrible in practice,” said senior class dean and English teacher Erica Barbakow. “To me, every single year there are such high expectations and you all come back and there is major drama around it and I just don’t think it’s the wisest way to finish out your high school experience.”
Among the faculty members who oppose the idea of senior spring break, junior dean and Latin and history teacher Grady Stevens believes there are much better opportunities for that week. “I hate it, and that’s it,” said Mr. Stevens. “I think you could take more advantage of the opportunity of sports and ICGL trips that you’re not going to get later in life.”
Some faculty members believe that senior spring break further amplifies the already existing “senioritis,” where seniors lose their motivation and work ethic during second semester. “A lot of factors affect the drive of second semester seniors,” said math teacher Jason Smith. “It gets harder to keep them focused, especially after spring break.” History teacher Helen Smith agrees. “Senior spring break magnifies already existing problems from second semester,” she said. “Students need to realize that puberty is not a choice but senioritis is.”
While seniors are excited about their break, it may not live up to the hype that surrounds it. “It’s like they’re trying too hard to have fun,” said Ms. Smith. “It does not seem authentic and doesn’t include everybody.”
“You’re given so many fantastic opportunities at a very early age that my fear is that you run out of things to look forward to,” said Ms. Barbakow.