Ok, so intercession is the wonderful break between fall and spring semester. It is nearly six weeks of rest and relaxation and (unless you take intercession classes) no school work!
Last year, I went home for intercession. The first few weeks were a great break from all the work and studying leading up to finals. After a while, though, I started to run out of things to do. I would catch up with friends until they left for colleges again, go to the movies, work out, and other random things. If I couldn’t find anything to do, I would resort to watching Antiques Roadshow and Jeopardy with my parents… yeah.
This year, I planned to spend my intercession a little differently. Back in the spring, one of my friends said her family was planning a cruise. Her parents offered to take care of all the plans and reservations for any of her friends who wanted to come along. How could I turn down such a great offer?! I spent most of the summer saving up money for the trip, and it was totally worth it.
Our boat left Miami on Sunday, January 11th, for a six-day cruise. I went to my friend’s house the night before so we could all leave for the airport together in the morning. Our ship was the Carnival Breeze, which (to my surprise and great enjoyment) had a waterslide and ropes course on the top deck by the pool and hot tubs. The food on the ship was great too! I got to try crazy things like frog legs, escargot, calamari, and ox tongue (probably the craziest thing I tried).
Our destinations included: Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands; and Cozumel, Mexico. We did a lot of shopping and sight seeing at the different places. In Ocho Rios I got to hold a parrot!
Having this trip during intercession was perfect! It’s nice not having to worry about getting behind in homework and classes. While boarding the boat, I actually met a group of seniors from RIT who had the same idea. I returned home with a week to prepare for the spring semester, and adjust to the colder weather again.