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What did you do for Spring Break?
|'I spent the week in a monastery in Ukiah;
I just came back last night. It's called the City of a
Thousand Buddhas, and it's free to stay there, although
you can donate if you want. I went there to attend the
ceremonies and events; I spent a lot of time meditating,
but I also helped with about 100 students from Humboldt
University who came to learn about the monastery. I've
been there many times since I started going last year.
It's a nice change — it's a different world, where
everything is very slow-paced and serene.' |
—Jonathan Choo, third-year English and Chinese Studies major from Singapore
|'I just stayed at home in Santa Monica,
pretty much. I spent time with friends and family,
did a little shopping. I didn't really want to go anywhere.
Sometimes home is the best place to be.'
—Dalia Yadegar, first-year prospective political science and statistics major, from Santa Monica, CA
|'I went to the beach in Santa Cruz and Point
Reyes, but I basically played Age of Empire 2 the whole
break. It's a simulated-society game for six to eight people
that you play on a PC. You go through four ages — the
Dark Ages through the Imperial Age — building up
stockpiles of gold and wood, working with your villagers.
We played it for about 10 hours every day. It's addictive.'|
—Hetwarth Italia, transfer student intending to major in science and/or math, from Los Angeles, CA
|'I was organizing in Berkeley's public
schools, working with parents to mobilize the community
to defend their voluntary school desegregation plan.
We had a great Town Hall meeting on Saturday. I was putting
up flyers and talking to people in the schools about
the rally this Thursday at the Oakland courthouse to
protest a lawsuit that wants to end integration in Berkeley's
—Yvette Felarca, graduate student in education and member of the activist group BAMN
|'I was here training for track. I'm a high
jumper. We practiced every day for four hours, running
different plyometric drills like bounding over barriers,
then I did weights for an hour. There was a meet on Saturday.
It was a pretty difficult week of training, not really
a spring break for us — not like living it up in
—David Glasgow, fourth-year history major from Merced, CA
|'I went to New York and Puerto Rico with
my mom. We were shopping for outfits for Miss Teenage
California. It's my first pageant — there's a $10,000
college scholarship at stake. It's not your typical beauty
pageant; there's no swimsuit portion. I found an evening
gown and a business suit for the interview. We had fun
in San Juan. Even though it rained the whole time, it
—Elizabeth Bolton, first-year prospective English major from New York
|'I went to Newport Beach, CA for four days.
I'm an exchange student from Howard University in Washington,
DC. This is my first trip to California; I'm here for about
eight months. We went to Balboa Island, and L.A. for the
day, as well as just hung out on the beach. The weather
was perfect; it was so relaxing.' |
—Angela Hays, third-year political science and painting major from Harleysville, PA
|'The most exciting thing I did was spend
time with my 2-year-old niece, along with my mom and
three sisters. With all the budget cuts and the stress
at school about midterms coming, focusing on my family
really pumped the spirit back into me. It's good to remind
yourself of where you come from.'
—Ricardo Valencia. third-year ethnic studies major from Santa Monica, CA