Work and play fill students’ winter break

April Cambero
Social Media Editor 

Students at the University of La Verne spent their winter break traveling, working and spending time with their loved ones. ULV’s winter break started on Dec. 17, 2023 with the start of the spring semester just six weeks later on Jan. 29.

The lengthy winter break allowed for students and faculty to escape the stresses of classes, assignments and finals. Leading up to winter break, many expectations are set for what is to come and how to make the most of this free time.

Some students used winter break to get ahead of the spring semester during January term, while others ventured off campus.

“La Verne is really small and there is only so much you can do, so it was nice to get out and do other stuff,” Natalie Wong, freshman computer science major, said.

Wong, originally from Hong Kong, spent her winter break traveling back home to see her family and, most importantly, her dog, whom she had not seen in the last six months. Wong also had a family bonding experience over the break with a ski trip to Japan. 

Some students viewed their breaks as an insignificant break compared to other students. Although there was not much on the to do list for their break, they still were able to create fun memories and rest up before the start of the spring semester. 

“I was most excited to be able to spend time with family and not have to stress about work or schoolwork and just relax and get ready for the spring semester,” Jillian Molloy, freshman kinesiology major, said.

Molloy is a local to the La Verne area and spent her winter break working at the Randall Lewis Center for Well-Being and Research on campus. She had hoped to spend her break in London as she had dropped many hints to her parents beforehand. 

Although the trip to London was a bust, Molloy used this time to donate baked goods to the local hospital, work and hangout with her siblings.

Winter break is not always all fun and play, especially for those students a long way from home. Breaks can be used to do chores or get around to the things in life that students do not always have time for. 

Aidyn Hosier, freshman international business and language major, from Tacoma, Washington, had many plans for break. Some of which were crucial obligations, like a dental and dermatology appointment, that she had to do while back home. 

Winter break had some surprises and big changes for some students that were not expected. A lot can change when you are away from home and for Ruthanne Chipeta, freshman English major, that was the case. 

“This is my first Christmas away from home, I’m from East Africa and it’s just weird that it had to be Europe and not home,” Chipeta said.

Chipeta spent her break in the Netherlands with her mother and in Santorini, Greece with her father. She split the break between those two trips with her family, but she missed having her usual Christmas at home. It was a big change for her.

Compared to other universities, ULV’s winter break is much longer and at times can feel too long. It may seem easy for students to fill their break schedules with all the things they do not always get to do, but it can also feel overwhelming and never ending to some. 

“I don’t think there was anything I wanted to do that I didn’t do,” Maya Morrell, freshman criminology major, said. “I just think at some point it got to be too much free time. I think the break was just too long.” 

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