April 7, 2019
When I was growing up, Spring Break was scheduled around Easter, but college students usually have their break early in the year.
The first time I took notice of Spring Break — beyond the Easter Break I enjoyed during my elementary school days — I was watching MTV, and I caught a glimpse of young coeds partying during concerts. That never really interested me because, back then, MTV was more about the music during most days and whenever I tuned it, I wanted to hear music — or watch Daria, when that was on.
What I never really noticed was how long MTV’s Spring Break tradition had been running or how the American tradition for college students had been going. It’s an interesting history, but not without its pitfalls.