Last Minute Spring Break Tips & Tricks

Last Minute Spring Break Tips & Tricks

I don’t know about you, but I literally CAN’T believe my flight for Cancun leaves in less than 24 hours! Of course I waited until this morning to pack, too. So, for those of you who are panicking last minute, I thought of some tips & tricks that will ease your anxiety and prepare you for a week you won’t forget! (Well, debatable.)

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The “TUZ”: Turn Up Zone, in Cancun, Mexico last year at Oasis Resort.
(Photo by Morgan Kelly)
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Tips:

  • RELAX: Even though there is a lot of things you have to take care of before leaving, the first thing to do is just relax. Be happy that you’re able to go on spring break and leave all of your troubles at school. Unless you get arrested in another country, then you’re screwed.
  • Papers: Print out ALL travel documents and everything you need as soon as possible. Leave them in your carry-on so you do not forget them. It is going to be a pain if you don’t have them when you check in at the airport. You don’t want to be that person in your group. Seriously, don’t be that person.
  • Sunscreen: I know we all want a fabulous tan but you HAVE to apply sunscreen. Even if you apply 50 Proof once a day, it’s better than nothing. You don’t want to be awkwardly standing on the dance floor because your skin rips with every twerk. If not, your skin will peel and you will be Snake Girl for the rest of your trip. Don’t be a peeling Snake Girl.
  • Have a plan: As much as you don’t want to babysit your friends, you need to look out for each other. Make a meeting spot for whenever you split up or have a curfew time of when to meet. There are crazy people everywhere and girls especially need to be careful of those animals they call, “men.”
  • Hydrate: Always, always, always make sure you have water throughout the day- especially if you’re drinking alcohol. Just because alcohol is a liquid like water does not mean it is hydrating you. In fact, alcohol dehydrates you. Do this and you are one step away from a hangover.

Tricks:

  • Share Luggage: Last year I over packed to the max. Even the airport security thought I packed for two people when they confiscated my bag. (Don’t ask why.) You are most likely only going to wear only a bathing suit during the day and random clothes on your hotel floor you find for the night out. This year, a bunch of us are sharing suitcases so we are splitting the cost. Trust me, every saved cent counts.
  • Beauty Products: Chances are you are sharing a room with your friends. Instead of packing a bunch of toiletries, bring one of everything; shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, and even some makeup. (Even though it’s going to wear off when you jump in Mandala Nightclub’s pool.)
  • Cash:  Prices ad up when traveling. You have to pay for luggage, spending money and even a random, unnecessary check-in fee when you get there. If you are going to another country, DO NOT BRING BIG BILLS! Only bring $5 and single dollar bills because it is very hard get change or convert your money once you’re there.
  • Tipping bartenders: Yes, it is annoying that you have to continue to spend money in an all-inclusive report that was about $2,000 but the bartenders will not even look at you unless you’re waving a dollar bill in their face. My trick, even though it was kind of wrong, was to occasionally pretend to put bigger bills in the tip jar then switch it to less when they come. (Hey, I still tipped.) Sorry, but I am a broke college student that already paid thousands to come here. (And one of you stole my phone when I fell asleep on the daybed last year so that makes us even.) Or just tell the British lads to get you something.

If you follow these easy tips and tricks, I assure you literally CAN have the best spring break!

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A Trip To Samurai Hibachi Steak House & Sushi Bar Makes It LITERALLY Possible For Fine Dining On A Budget

A Trip To Samurai Hibachi Steak House & Sushi Bar Makes It LITERALLY Possible For Fine Dining On A Budget

Sometimes Mondays get the best of us and we feel like we literally CAN’T survive. On top of that, sometimes it feels like Rowan lacks in variety of food choices. (Or they make you pay a ridiculous remaining balance for a salad without chicken because they, “ran out.”)  But there is an alternative for those who are tired of the same ol’ Student Center food and want a decent meal for a cheap price:

Samurai Hibachi Steak House & Sushi Bar!

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Samurai Hibachi Steak House & Sushi Bar is located at 646 North Delsea Dr., in Glassboro, NJ. It is only about a 2 minute drive from campus.
(Photo by Savana Biren)

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With midterms and spring break coming up, we can easily consider this, ‘Hell Week, Part I.’ We think, “Do I go to the gym so I can look skinny in my Cancun pictures or do I study for my Journalism midterm that makes absolutely no sense?” To add to that, we’re broke from paying off spring break and in between these GOD-AWFUL decisions, we need to eat! ‘The Caf’ usually does not cut it because let’s be honest, that’s like serving pizza backstage at Victoria’s Secret Fashion show; torture. So, on my crappy Monday this week, sushi was calling my name.

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This sign located next to the front door is sure to brighten up anyone’s day. “DINE IN 50% OFF SUSHI.” An even better part of this deal is that you can use Borobucks!
(Photo by Savana Biren)

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My order from the left: $2.50 Kani Roll and $6.00 Spicy Santa Roll. Above: $4.50 Kani Salad.
(Photo by Savana Biren)

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Rowan University’s bundle of life and my best friend, Kelly Flynn, was spotted next to our table while playing with her, “Less Sodium Soy Sauce.”
(Photo by Savana Biren)

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The always handsome, Jonathan Pucci, student of Rowan University, struggles with his chop sticks while attempting to eat his 50% off Sushi.
(Photo secretly taken by Savana Biren)
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“Not only is Samurai delicious, but the prices are amazing. I can take my girlfriend out to eat whenever she’s in a bad mood on a Monday and only spend a few bucks. It’s the best of both worlds, really,” admitted Pucci.

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Here’s the proof! For only $19.00 we enjoyed a wonderful Japanese meal and I literally did survive my Monday.
(Photo by Savana Biren)

Rowan University’s, Dr. James McCall, Speaks on What To Do When Spring Break Is Two Weeks Away and You Literally CAN’T Step Into A Bathing Suit Right Now

Rowan University’s, Dr. James McCall, Speaks on What To Do When Spring Break Is Two Weeks Away and You Literally CAN’T Step Into A Bathing Suit Right Now

Let’s be honest, most of us literally CAN’T  step into a bathing suit right now considering Spring Break is only two weeks away. (Yes, TWO weeks)  So, I decided to interview Health and Exercise Science Professor and exercise expert, Dr. James McCall, of Rowan University, to get the inside scoop on what to do when you think you might crack the camera screen in pictures of you on the beach.

Nothing is better than an expert supporting your eating and partying habits. Well, not exactly supporting. But, if you read more, you will find out what Dr. McCall suggests to make sure you look good for all eyes on Spring Break; not including your own when six strawberry daiquiris deep.

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image-5Dr. James McCall (left), Professor at Rowan University, and myself (right) show off our muscles after our interview. (Photo by: Dr. Gregory Biren)

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Realistically, most of us aren’t going to eat Quinoa for the next two weeks. Rather than saying what we should eat, what foods should we avoid eating?

“I do think there are some foods that lend themselves to being less healthy for you; the ones that have trans fats in them, or really high fat levels. They tend to be problematic because they are usually high chloric levels. Anything that your body doesn’t use as fuel will get stored as fat. The sad part is that where ever you gain it first is the last place that it leaves. That’s where you have the majority of your fat cells.

Too many people think that you can change fat into muscles or muscle changes into fat but they’re too separate cell types. So, it’s really a storage factor in that if you are ingesting more than you’re burning, it’s going to be stored. So, whatever you decide to eat, mainly healthier decisions, make sure you balance it with a proportionate amount of workouts.”

We all love to snack. What are some decent snacks that will hold us through until the next meal that aren’t too unhealthy?

“The healthiest snacks are fruits and vegetables but sometimes that doesn’t do it for people. Sometimes they need to find something that’s crunchy. Even though celery is crunchy, that might not do it either. There are healthy versions of popcorn, for instance, that are a lot healthier than others help in that they’re lower in calorie but still high in fiber. This usually will fill you up. That is just one of many ideas.”

(Reader’s Digest gave me more tips on healthy snacks to try. Check it out!)

To be honest, most of us are guilty of have baby “beer bellies” whether we want to believe it or not. What are some exercises you recommend when we are running short of time?

“It’s really, really difficult to target different body parts for specific weight loss. You’re better off targeting ways that you can burn up a lot of calories. The biggest misconception is that doing a lot of crunches and sit ups will help you lose weight. It will tighten up your abdominal area, but, if you’re still eating more than you are taking in, you are still going to have more fat stored.

An example of a comprehensive activity you can do are:

Circuit Training:

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(Photo by: Fitness Magazine)

Circuit Training is where you keep your calorie burning level up high rather than just doing the typical exercise where you do a set, wait a while and repeat. Your heart rate level indicates how intense you’re working. So, if you can keep that heart level up, that helps effectiveness. If you maintain an increase in the intensity of your workout, you will have a better chance of attacking those fat cells.

You also have to be careful that you don’t overdue it. That’s a problem with young students; they want to get in shape so fast that they overdue it and they get injured.”

The cliché ‘Skinny Arm’ or ‘Sorority Squat’ pose calls for showing that side arm. Being in bathing suits will glamourize all features; the good and the bad. What are some tricks for toning your arms?

“You don’t need to have equipment. All sorts of resistance training will help tone your arms. If you do them on a regular basis, the more you do it, the more tone you’re going to be. There are millions of ways to do push ups, for instance:

You don’t have to do a traditional push ups. There are all sorts of modified pushups, like salute pushups, walking pushups.

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(Photo by: Tony Gentilcore– click link for more pushup workout options!)

REMEMBER: You don’t have to worry that you’re not strong enough to do pushups like everyone else. Every little bit counts!

Resistance training:

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(Photo by: Fitness Magazine)

Resistance Training is also great, whether they’re stretch bands, weights or kettle bells. It is nice to use a variety of different kinds because you’re more likely to really increase the strength of the muscle use in a bunch of different techniques.”

(The best part about these workouts is that they can be done at Rowan’s Rec Center or even at home with the right equipment!)

Do you have any final advice for Spring Breakers to stay safe, healthy and hydrated while they’re there?

“The most important thing is to drink lots of water. If you are drinking a lot of alcohol, you think you are getting enough fluid. But, in actuality, alcohol dehydrates you. A good trick is that if you have a drink; follow it with a glass of water. Once you get into that habit, it is kind of easy to make it a habit.”

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There you have it! Continue moderate exercise and stick to healthier foods and minimal snacks. And of course, if all else fails, thank God we have photoshop. I hope Dr. McCall answered most of your questions and you end up looking fabulous in your Spring Break pictures that will never get you a job after college. If you want to find me in two weeks, you can find me here: (Sorry, Dad)

Be sure to keep up with me when I return to America the following week to find out how you Literally CAN survive PTSBD (Post Traumatic Spring-Break Disorder) when we get back!