The importance of mid-semester roadtrips
STORY AND PHOTOS BY: DUSTIN STRONG
Driving up the coast on a Thursday afternoon heading to Santa Barbara I pondered the class I was purposefully skipping the following day. What would I miss? Is this absence going to affect my grade? I couldn’t care less. It was 8 weeks into the semester and I had said fuck it to a few days of class so I could join some friends who were planning on camping at the beach over the weekend. It wasn’t in celebration of anything in particular.
This short, 3 day trip was a way to unwind and stop thinking about projects, midterms, work, grades or any of that bullshit. We got drunk at the beach, visited a mission, walked the pier, played around with the fire pit, went surfing, took an Uber downtown to some bars and back to the campground to drink some more and eventually fall asleep under the stars to wake up and do it again. So instead of working or studying this weekend, skip a day’s worth of classes, drive up the coast and let loose. It’s absolutely crucial as human beings to unplug, get out of the system and just do whatever the fuck you want.