Spring Break or Spring Work: Why Not Both?
Working in a different city or even staying in a hotel can contribute to the psychology of feeling relaxed during a short Spring break.
Spring break is supposed to be a mental break. Working over spring break? The longer the academic break, the more students are tempted to work over the break. I argue that the merits of working over break extend to spring break.
With temporary work, it stops when you finish the day’s work. It can function as a mental break from academics. Temporary labor can function as a break in a different way from working on the weekends during the academic school year. With weekend work during the school year, academic deadlines still loom and become exacerbated by the time constraint.
According to a 2009 study by the National Center for Education statistics on the Condition of Education, the percentage of students between 1970 and 2005 who worked full time peaked in the 2000s at around 20 percent and plateaued, while the peak for part time workers happened in the mid-90s at around 30 percent. This suggests a trend where people could be more reliant on loans and more focused on academics. The higher amount of Part time workers suggests a successful work-life balance formula where the focus is on academics.
Traveling as a part of a break can help separate the experience from academics. Leah Kashar argues that vacations are necessary for a student’s mental health. She notes that Americans often do not use their time off from work. 39 percent of executives think that their employees will do better work if they take more vacation days.
Working in a different city or even staying in a hotel can contribute to the psychology of feeling relaxed during a short Spring break. Working in locations with positive associations puts it into perspective. Blending work and relaxation where the only deadlines are generous, can assist a stressed out millennial in the workforce or at school to feel refreshed.