This article discusses the dangers of traditional spring break activities and suggests some positive alternatives for students to consider.
The statistics are sobering:
- According to the U.S. Department of State, every year, during spring break, in excess of 2,500 American citizens are arrested in other countries.
- After becoming intoxicated at levels of three to five times the legal limit, students are injured, sometimes permanently or fatally, in preventable mishaps such as drownings, car and Jet Ski accidents, and falls from balconies.
- There are more DUI crashes during the spring break week than at any other time of the year.
- A University of Wisconsin study showed that 75 percent of college males and 43.6 percent of college females admitted to being drunk on a daily basis during spring break.
- A National Institutes of Health Survey indicated that alcohol-related assaults have hit 600,000 cases a year.
Statistics do not seem real unless we can see actual examples of these statistics. Below are some examples:
- A 17-year old Notre Dame football recruit lost his life when he fell from a fifth-floor balcony during spring break.
- During spring break, one person was killed and two others were injured by a drunk driver, who also was seriously injured.
- After an attack in Cancun, an American youth suffered permanent disabilities.
- At this Panama City web site, there are descriptions of numerous spring break victims.
Numerous Baltimore area colleges have developed healthy alternatives to spring break dangers. These local Baltimore colleges have created programs that allow college students to do volunteer work over spring break. Examples of these programs are at:
- Mercy College.
- Loyola College.
- University Baptist Church.
- Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Maryland College Park.
For those students whose colleges are not listed above and who are interested in volunteering, call your student volunteer center. If your college has no spring break volunteer program in place yet, visit The Breakaway website for assistance.
Spring break volunteering is not only a morally good thing to do, but also will be a great addition to your resume. If a future employer can see that you were volunteering while other college students were binge drinking and doing what comes with that, you will stand out in a positive way. See also, “Try an alternative spring break.”