Why Fall Break Left Some Students Stressed

By: Mary Smith

Mary-Smith@Mocs.UTC.edu

With fall break officially over, some students are feeling more stressed out. Read more to find out why.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/TheLoop) –With midterms finally out of the way, students were able to attempt to take a break from the stress of college life and relax during fall break.

Photograph taken by Aimee Irwin

Student Aimee Irwin and Macal Sheree enjoy a trip to the boardwalk in San Diego

Long distance travels can often times be stressful or leave travelers feeling rushed. This was not the case for UTC senior Aimee Irwin. Irwin, a senior from Dickson, Tenn., journeyed to Temecula, California to visit a childhood friend. “The best part of my trip was just being at my friend’s house; it was really relaxing.” During her trip to Temecula, Irwin enjoyed visiting Huntington Beach, a pumpkin patch, and carving pumpkins. “It was good cause there were no expectations; I got to relax and didn’t have to do anything.”

Rachel Hawkins, a sophomore from Knoxville, Tenn., traveled with a family member to Brooklyn, New York, to visit her brother. Hawkins spent her vacation shopping, touring Times Square, and spending quality time with her family. Hawkins said, “Whenever I go home I feel like I have to hang out with my friends; this time I got to hang out with my mom and my brother.” Hawkins said the vacation was very different than the other times she had visited New York because they did not visit many tourist attractions. “I just feel like it was so chill, and I didn’t have a tight schedule.”

Plane Ticket

Hawkins awaiting her departure to New York.

Surprisingly, most students who stayed in Chattanooga or who went home said they did not come back to school feeling refreshed. Time restraints and other responsibilities kept most students either in Chattanooga or homeward bound. Kate Marler, a senior from Chattanooga, spent her vacation planning her December wedding, working, and celebrating her upcoming wedding. “I had a lingerie shower and a bridal shower,” said Marler. Although her weekend was full of wedding bliss, Marler said she did not return to school feeling rejuvenated.

Vikki Hampstead, a junior from Chattanooga, used the break to study and work. When asked if she felt relaxed after the break Hampstead replied, “absolutely not.” When asked if professors gave too much work over the weekend Hampstead said, “Instead of letting it be a break, professors make it a point to make tests due that week.” She said the best part of her vacation was getting to sleep in on Monday and Tuesday.

Many students who traveled to other places than home were able to experience a temporary breach from reality. Hawkins said, “I feel like it was so much better to not go home.” Responsibilities and reminders of other priorities surrounded the students who went home or stayed on campus.

Fortunately for students who are still stressed, another opportunity to go on an adventure is lurking around the corner. Winter break is rapidly approaching as this semester comes to a close, and there will be time for yet another voyage.

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It's almost time for another vacation. Bon Voyage!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

By: Cody Mohon

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (The Loop)-The cool, crisp air of fall winds its way through campus, tossing fallen leaves aside. The leaves are changing and a rainbow of colors paint the blue sky. Many students cringe away from the approaching cold, dreading finals and the chillier months ahead. However, junior Nathalia Vargas couldn’t be happier. Fall is her favorite season in beautiful Chattanooga.

“The weather is just so perfect and soothing. The temperature is in the 70’s which is great for doing anything outdoors.” Vargas said. “I just love everything about fall; the colors, the scents, the changing of the leaves, and the coming of winter. It’s very exciting!”

Beautiful fall scenery at Signal Point on Signal Mountain.

Beautiful fall scenery at Signal Point on Signal Mountain.

Chattanooga always has plenty of outdoor activities going on, but with the recent perfect weather it is almost impossible to remain indoors. When asked what her favorite fall activities are, Vargas replied, ”Hiking! Signal Point is a great place to go to just relax and soak up the season. Also, pumpkin carving and dressing up for Halloween are always fun!”

Plan your own hike at Signal Point here!

“It’s also great that this is the only time of the year that pumpkin stuff is really popular like pumpkin pie, and pumpkin drinks. Especially pumpkin lattes from Starbucks! Also, candy corn because you don’t really buy those any other time of the year! I just enjoy all the fall flavors.”

Being from Memphis, Vargas is used to the flat scenery that surrounds it. “In Memphis it is really plain so it’s hard to enjoy fall colors there as much. Even just driving from Memphis to Chattanooga you can see the different colored trees covering the mountains. It’s a beautiful drive!”

Vargas even dreams of tying the knot during this vibrant time of year. “I would love to get married during the fall. It just has so many wonderful colors and textures. I want to be in the mountains with the leaves changing color and my wedding colors to reflect the reds, browns, and oranges of the season.”

Vargas soaking up her favorite season at Signal Point.

Vargas soaking up her favorite season at Signal Point.

With Thanksgiving break quickly approaching, all students understand how hard it is to remain in a classroom even when the weather isn’t as breathtaking as it has been. When asked if she felt the need to break out of the classroom, Vargas replied, “Yes!  I would rather be outside enjoying the scenery and the leaves and the weather than be cooped up in a classroom any day.”