Staying in Louisville for break? Don’t miss out on these local events Friday, Feb 21 2020 

By Christian Grace–

Spring break is rapidly approaching for University of Louisville students, and there are a lot of things to look forward to throughout the week.

For those who find parties and colorful displays interesting, the Louisville Zoo’s lights festival will be at the top of the list.

The “Wild Lights Asian Lantern Festival at the Louisville Zoo” is an eyeful. The event is the largest lantern display in the region and showcases complex and culturally significant designs throughout the zoo.

Ticket prices for non-member adults are $18.50 if purchased before arrival or $20.50 at the gate. Card-carrying members will only pay $15.50 if tickets are bought in advance and $18.50 at the gate. The festival opens March 5 and ends on April 25 and runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For those considering something more artistic or verbal performances, look no further than the KMAC Poetry SLAM. This local event showcases the creative talent of those who express themselves through words.

KMAC is free for attendees, the only cost being $7 to perform. The KMAC museum in downtown Louisville is housing the event, which is hosted by Lance G. Newman II.

It starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. March 10. They also host these events every second Tuesday of each month if it becomes something more than a spring break fling.

It’s the luck of the Irish in Louisville this year with a day full of parades and drinks starting March 14. Over 150 attendees flood the street each year to commemorate St. Patrick’s day.

The parade is the largest in Kentucky and can be enjoyed with shenanigans and malarkey. The Hibernian’s Society wants everyone to come down to the corner of Baxter and Bardstown to celebrate the Irish-American way.

Whether you’re from the Emerald Island, have Irish heritage or only have the Irish spirit in your heart–there’s plenty of luck to be found at the parade.

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Finding time to take care of yourself over Spring Break Wednesday, Feb 19 2020 

By Alex Tompkins–

While some are soaking up the sun this coming spring break, others are taking the opportunity to stay in and relax. If it’s the latter, it’s important to not stress or dwell on staying in.

This can be a great chance to catch up on those things that haven’t had a chance to be done in the midst of scholarly demands.

Here are four self-care tips/activities to practice over the break.

It’s spring cleaning time.

It’s true that spring cleaning is soon to be in full effect. Take this time to get ahead of the game and invest in cleansing your space.

It can end up being a really fun activity to do with roommates or just doing it alone. Cleaning a bedroom, dorm or apartment can be great for mental health, too.

This promotes happiness and a stronger work ethic. A study published by the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin showed that those with messy and cluttered spaces are more depressed, tired and stressed. So blast some music, throw on some comfy cleaning clothes and get to work.

Finish a book or binge-watch a show.

After your space is nice and clean, it’s time to relax.

Do some reading for at least an hour a day or watch a couple episodes of that new Netflix series.

Catch up.

Even the smartest people lag behind on schoolwork and general tasks needing to be done. There’s an entire week now to finish that assignment due the Monday after spring break, so do it.

There’s nothing worse than coming back from a relaxing holiday only to realize the assignments due for the following week.

Ekstrom Library will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. all break, so if cleaning isn’t motivation enough, head on over.

Remember to forgive.

Laying in bed and watching TikToks seems like the best thing to do when recuperating from school. Of course, there’s still that long list of uncompleted chores, but this can be okay, too. It’s alright to forget about responsibilities for a while, as long as the grind keeps going until the last day of the semester.

 Don’t get beat up for taking time to relax. Do what needs to be done, and come back on March 16 ready to finish the semester like no other.

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Pack your bags and print your tickets, it’s Spring Break Wednesday, Feb 19 2020 

By Zoe Watkins–

Spring break is coming around the corner again and for some that means it’s time to pack the bags and go vacationing. But before doing any of that, here’s some helpful travel advice from Brownell Travel.

Get everything organized.

Don’t have little slips-ups right before boarding that flight to Finland. Make sure those last to-dos are taken care of the week before.

Print out all the required documents like plane tickets the day or night before and place them in a spot where they can easily be remembered.

Do research before heading out to make sure that you have all the right documents. Get everything ready and packed for the next day so getting on the road or making it to the airport is a breeze.

Pack big or don’t pack at all

Even if it might not seem important at the time, pack it anyway because there will be lots of miles between the house and the final destination.

Pack extra clothes for those unintentional mishaps and prepare for the unexpected weather with an umbrella or thick hoodie.

Stick to the itinerary

There might be a lot of things to do, wherever the vacation is planned, so make a schedule beforehand of places to visits or events going on that would be fun to attend.

As sophomore Sophia Akin said, “See where you want to go, what interests you the most and then once you kind of do that, you can work out an itinerary for yourself.”

Don’t forget that spring break is only a week

Time can fly when every day is full of things to do, and soon it will be the end of spring break.

Try to watch the time carefully so there can be preparation for when school starts up again and it won’t be a train wreck the first day.

Put everything back into the backpack, make sure there’s no homework due the next day and get a good night’s sleep so that morning class won’t be missed.

Spring break is a time to relax and have fun, so enjoy it to the fullest until it’s time to go back to studying.

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