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Students make plans for Christmas break

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2012 15:11

Staying at school, going back home or going out-of-state, students are looking forward to their much-needed month off from school. Christmas break officially begins on Dec. 12.

While some students may be planning to work to save money over break, other students are spending money on plane tickets, amusement parks and hotel rooms.

On Christmas Day, Harmony Cagle, junior RTV major of Rector, is driving to California with her mom, dad and youngest sister.

“We are going to L.A., but we are first making a stop to visit Las Vegas,” Cagle said. “There are a lot of attractions and popular places in L.A. We are planning on going to the Hollywood sign, taking a tour through Beverly Hills and going to Rodeo Drive. I think on our way back we are also stopping by Disney Land.”

Cagle estimates the trip will cost about $4,000, with gas costing almost $1,000 by itself.

“With gas being what it is and being even more expensive out West, I think $1000 is reasonable for gas,” Cagle said. “The other $3,000 will be for food, lodging and events we plan on going to.”

Spending about a week and half in California still leaves Cagle about three weeks to enjoy her break at home before returning back to school in January.

“I plan on gaining the hours of sleep this semester has taken away from me,” Cagle said. “I also plan on just visiting with my family and relaxing the rest of the break.”

While Cagle will be enjoying her vacation on the western side of the states, freshman accounting major of Searcy, Brittany Bohannon will be spending her break in Florida.

“My boyfriend’s family is taking me to Disney World,” Bohannon said. “I am spending Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with my family and then leaving for Disney World that afternoon. I’m more than excited to get to go with them.”

Like Cagle, Bohannon and her boyfriend’s family are driving to Florida.

“I honestly cannot even imagine the total cost of staying there for an entire week, plus gas money,” Bohannon said. “Adding in all the extra stuff like food and souvenirs will make the price jump, too. I am almost positive by the time I get back, I will be broke.”

Bohannon will be in Florida for a week. She plans on spending the rest of the break working and spending time catching up with her family and her friends from her hometown.

“I’m going to miss all my friends from school,” Bohannon said. “But oh my goodness, I can’t wait to see all my friends from home.”

Unlike Cagle and Bohannon, Leighann Smith, junior psychology major of Highland, is waiting to start her big vacation until Dec. 28. Smith is planning on flying to New York with her sister, stepmom and her stepmom’s friend.

 “For New Years, we’ll be in Times Square to see the ball drop and enjoy all the other festivities that are going on that night,” Smith said. “For the rest of the time we will be visiting different museums and landmarks. We are also taking a train to Niagara Falls and spending a night or two in Canada.”

Smith is planning on spending about $500 for a roundtrip plane ticket and has been saving up money for the trip to spend on various items.

“I’ve saved up about $500 for this trip,” Smith said. “And that’s really just for souvenirs for family, friends and myself. I have no idea how much we’ll spend on food, hotel rooms and attraction fees. It’s going to be quite a bit though.”

Although these three students are going out-of-state for their breaks, Will Ward, a freshman of Guy, is going back to his hometown to spend time with his mom and older sister.

“I’m leaving Dec. 12 for Guy and am planning on working at B.E. Dozer during the break,” Ward said. “I’m hoping my girlfriend will be able to come down at some point during the break so my sister and mom can meet her.”

Ward is also going “Winter Camping” at Mt. Vernon with his best friend from high school.

“My best friend and a couple of other guys from high school get together and go camping on one of the coldest nights of the season,” Ward said, “which is normally towards the end of December. We normally do some hunting and fishing and just chill around the fire and talk about what’s been going on.”

Whether students are staying home or going out of town for break, students can take a break off from school and relax before the spring semester starts on Jan. 14.


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