With spring break still more than a month away, many of us aren't in heavy preparation. But some of us are starting to make and finalize plans.
Some students won't be spending their vacations relaxing on a beach in Mexico or sitting on the couch guzzling beer for a solid week. Instead they will be traveling through out the world to serve people in communities with economic, health and environmental problems.
Some of us have grown up in fairly affluent neighborhoods. We haven't had to want for much and most of us have never gone hungry. But because we are privileged, we should give back to those who don't have nearly as much as we do.
Spend time bettering the world around you and you might just find that it is more fulfilling than sipping Mai Tais in Hawaii.
The Alternative Spring Break Program is one such way that students are spreading their influence. Many churches offer programs that will take interested members to places like Mexico to help local churches and build homes.
Even if you are sticking around Fort Collins you can volunteer your time at a soup kitchen or join a Big Brother or Big Sister program. There is a wealth of opportunities to be taken advantage of.
Whatever it is, we can all spare a little of our time to help those less fortunate than us. When we look back at our college years, it's what we do outside the classroom that we'll remember best.
And besides, if we find ourselves in a situation where we need help some day, we would want someone to do the same for us.