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Illustration by Maggie Wood.

All around the world, students are tired.

Having just finished midterms, and taking care of all their homework and class work, students are ready to drop, their brains ready to burst from all the extra knowledge they’ve stored away.

But they can rejoice in one thing: Spring break, the first week in spring where they can take the week off to relax, recuperate and simply enjoy the warm spring weather.

Kellogg Community College students recently were readily looking forward to their week off from school, when they could say goodbye to the textbooks and notebooks and hello to the warm rays of spring sunlight. Some students were planning big trips, planning to leave before the break even started, while others planned on staying home to simply enjoy the peace and quiet while relaxing and hanging out with friends.

Many KCC students had a desire to travel, to head out and see other places aside from the usual humdrum, lackluster town that is Battle Creek. It’s a common desire among college students when spring break arrives.

According to a 2018 survey conducted by and Viator, a TripAdvisor travel booking site, more than 53 percent of people ages 18 to 34 planned to travel for spring break that year. Rome, Paris and Las Vegas were the top three travel destinations.

But not for second-year KCC student Trent Lem, who planned to hang out locally at his friend’s house playing video games over spring break.

“We’re just gonna hang at his place and play some Destiny,” Lem said.

Another KCC student, Mitchell Jones, planned on attending a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate competition in Kalamazoo.

“It’s a competition, it’s Smash Bros.,” Jones said. “What other reason would I need to go than that?”

These are just two students who found a way to enjoy their spring break without worrying about spending an arm and a leg to travel.