Fall Break is here and that means that a few days of fun and relaxation are on the way for many SU students. While some are going home to catch up with their family and take care of business and errands, many students are taking this time to explore other options.
Senior Tami Warner is using this Fall Break as an opportunity to see her boyfriend in Fort Worth and enjoy some time together.
“We’ll be visiting the State Fair,” she says with a smile on her face.
The State Fair of Texas runs from Sept. 25 to Oct. 18 this year. It will take place in Dallas’ Fair Park. Features include a variety of presenters, including country band Little Big Town on Saturday, Oct. 10, Tejano band Duelo on Sunday, Oct. 11 and pop band Honor Society Monday on Oct. 12. It also features a Texas Skyway which allows you to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Fair Park and a Starlight Parade each evening at 7:15 p.m. The Pirates of the Caribbean Dive Show will also take place three times a day every day that the festival is open. Garden exhibitions and pig races are also part of the itinerary.
Senior Angela Lumpkin will be visiting her high school friends in Lampasas and enjoy nights out with the girls to celebrate her friends’ birthdays.
“I’m excited,” she exclaimed as she talked about her plans. Girls’ nights out should certainly be in the agenda for plenty of SU students who find it difficult to plan such nights during the busy school weekends.”
Still, other students take Fall Break as an opportunity to contribute to their community. Alex Caple, senior, along with a group of fellow APO students, will be going to Galveston to help repair some damaged homes and buildings. Always the responsible student, he added that he will also be using the break to “finish a capstone assignment.”
For the SU students who enjoy the outdoors, SIRA has planned a kayaking trip on the San Marcos River. The trip is not necessarily for experts, however. Beginners are welcomed into the group as well, so everyone will enjoy a few warm but not overly-hot Texas days out in nature. The best part is the price of the event–$40 per person–which includes meals, transportation, kayak rental, camping equipment and instruction.
Students in the Houston area can enjoy a wide array of choices, such as the Houston Ballet at the Woodlands Pavilion on Oct. 9. Country singer Lee Ann Womack will perform Saturday night at the House of Blues, and Mexican pop singer Paulina Rubio will be performing at the Warehouse Live Sunday night.
Those brave students making the long trip home to the Rio Grande Valley may be relieved to find several events taking placed during Fall Break. For just $2 per person, you can enjoy a beautiful nature trail in McAllen, TX. The Woodland Walkabout Tour will take place this Saturday, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. It is hosted by Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center.
Brownsville’s Gladys Porter Zoo, considered one of the best in the nation, would be perfect for an easy-going Saturday or Sunday. South Padre Island is also an excellent option next Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures in the 80s and a decent amount of sun–perfect for those of us not willing to say goodbye to summer yet.
Fortunately, Texas is beautiful and filled with plenty of more options for those who enjoy the outdoors. Big Bend National Park in west Texas is an excellent option for camping and hiking enthusiasts.
On Friday and Saturday the city of El Paso will be hosting Movies in the Canyon, featuring free movies at 7:00 p.m. in the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. This Friday’s movies will include classics “The Karate Kid” and “Beetle Juice.”
Junior Lisa Perez will be staying on campus during Fall Break. She, along with her Alpha Xi Delta sorority sisters, will be participating this Saturday in the Walk Now for Autism at the Dell Diamond Stadium in Round Rock. The sisters fund-raised money and will be walking to aid awareness and support for individuals with autism. Anyone is welcome to volunteer and to make donations to this event. For more information, visit http://www.walknowforautism.org.
But Lisa realizes she needs to squeeze in some time to enjoy herself, so she will be attending the UT versus Colorado football game. It takes place at 7:15 p.m. and will surely be a treat to all those Longhorn fans longing for a night of good old-fashioned fall football.
And for the rest of the students staying in the Georgetown-Austin area for the break, there are many options to explore. There is a free exhibition, “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss,” of paintings created by Theodor Seuss Geissel. It will take place in Art on the fifth, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be live music at Central Market as Westgate plays Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Remember that 6th Street is always an option–just make sure that you are safe and stick with a group of friends.
If you feel that you simply need the weekend to relax and catch up on all those homework assignments you have gotten behind on, remember to take some time off to enjoy yourself. Many SU students understand how stressful an intense amount of homework can be. Just make sure that you squeeze in some time for fun. After all, the purpose of Fall Break is precisely to give yourself a break.