Students Plan Trips For BreakBy Christine R. Fry
Now that the weather has become more wintry, MIT students have begun to anticipate the holiday break. While most are looking forward to what may seem like a mundane break: sleeping, forgetting about schoolwork, and enjoying time at home with family and friends, some students, however, have more exotic plans to break the monotony of daily classes.
Home is traditionally where most people travel for the holidays, but families occasionally decide to forego familiar surroundings to explore new places.
Jamaica, Vegas among destinations
“I’m just going [to Jamaica] with my family. We’re going for vacation. Just to get away,” said Prachi Jain ’05. Jain is looking forward to lying on the beach in the sun as an escape from the cold weather at home.
“I’m from Minnesota. It’s probably going to be cold there,” Jain said.
However, the holidays aren’t all about relaxation. Rahul Agrawal ’03 is turning 21 years old over the break.
“I’m going to Vegas. I’m turning 21 in about a week so my family wants to take me out there,” he said.
Chang She ’05 is eagerly awaiting his trip overseas.
“I’m going to Hong Kong. I’m going to visit my uncle,” he said. This is She’s first trip to Hong Kong so he’s looking forward to “touring Hong Kong, [and] going to random places.”
Visits with friends planned
Another favorite aspect of winter break is seeing out old friends. Camilo R. Guaqueta ’03, from Colombia, and his friends from home are going to the tourist town, Cartagena, to see off another friend who is joining the Colombian Navy. Guaqueta and his friends decided not to let their friend leave alone.
“We’re all going to see him off there,” Guaqueta said.
Hooria Komal ’04 is not going to her native Pakistan for the holidays. Instead, she is considering a trip to England.
“I might be going to the [United Kingdom],” Komal said. If she goes, she will visit friends in Manchester. Komal says that she’s been to London before, but “I’ve never been to Manchester.”
Students gear up for IAP
Although students are looking forward to a much needed break, some are also excited about Independent Activities Period. Marissa L. Yates ’03 is excited about returning for Varsity Nordic ski team practice. The recent unseasonably warm weather has prevented the team from hitting the slopes.
“I’m coming back during IAP to ski. I skied competitively in high school. We race against Clarkson, Cornell, Army, and other small teams,” Yates said.