Top Five Alternative Spring Break Plans for Manhattan College Students

While some students hit the beaches for a week in March, others travel to offbeat locations.

Escaping the last gasp of winter during spring break has been a tradition among college students for decades.

At Manhattan College, some students travel to beachfront venues in Florida and Mexico, while others spend their week off in March doing a variety of different things, near and far from their home in New York City.

  1. Student on LOVE trip holding infantLasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience (L.O.V.E.) trips. During spring break, students participate in service-immersion experiences in several locations, including Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Texas, Montana and Louisiana. L.O.V.E. trips offer students the chance to live and work in solidarity with the poor, experience an unfamiliar culture, learn about issues of social justice and engage in hands-on service, building community with fellow students and reflecting on real issues in today’s world.
  2. Sigma Delta Tau gathered on campusSigma Delta Tau hosts an alternative spring break each year. In 2018, Faith LaRock ’20 is one of eight students from all nationwide chapters visiting a safe house for women and children in Florida during this service-immersion trip. This house is run through one of Sigma Delta Tau's philanthropies, Prevent Child Abuse America.
  3. group of students volunteering for Puerto Rico effortA group of students from the School of Engineering are traveling to Anasco, Puerto Rico, to work with a grade school and a college to establish a water filtration system, combining the brains of each college's engineering department to ensure clean water on the island. The trip to Puerto Rico comes on the heels of a #DoItForPuertoRico group effort, spearheaded by a group of Manhattan students.
  4. Joe Jacques pitchingManhattan College’s spring sports teams typically head for warmer climates each March. In 2018, the baseball team is taking the field in North Carolina and Virginia, the softball team will play under the warm Florida sun, and the outdoor track and field squad is set to compete in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  5. Pipes and drums band at St Patrick's Day paradeEvery year, Manhattan College’s award-winning Pipes and Drums band continues its tradition of marching along Fifth Avenue in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade. The Pipes and Drums band is the longest-participating college marching unit in the parade, and has appeared on NBC’s TODAY show, flanked by dozens of Manhattan College students on the plaza in Rockefeller Center.
By Pete McHugh