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For some of us students, spring break is not a time for travel. Spring break may instead serve as a time of rest before the busy time of finals season begins. There are a variety of options when it comes to activities to participate in for anyone who may be staying around the CU Boulder area for spring break. Despite the fact that classes will stop for a few days, the campus itself continues. There are a few things one can do if they are not leaving the college for the break, and this extends beyond spring break and into that in-between time of post-spring break and pre-finals. Here are three things I recommend for my fellow students.

(Bad) Science Movie Night

Attending this event means viewing the immensely popular film The Martian completely free of charge. Besides the opportunity to see this movie without paying, experts will also discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to the scientific accuracy of the film. The opinions will come from Rick Hieb, who was an astronaut, and Dr. Allie Anderson, a faculty member at CU Boulder. These are educated and knowledgeable people who can provide fantastic information on the subject. They will go above and beyond what one might be able to unearth from the typical places of the internet. This event will take place on March 21st, a Thursday, right before spring break begins. It will start at 5:00 PM and should finish at approximately 8:30 PM.

Colorado Skies: The Spring Equinox show at Fiske Planetarium

Many who know me are well aware that I believe that Fiske Planetarium is one of the most amazing things about the CU Boulder campus; the shows there can be incredibly beautiful. It is rare that something is genuinely educational as well as entertaining, but the events at Fiske Planetarium tend to accomplish this. It can also truly help to become immersed in knowledge about the universe and the sky when life at CU Boulder can appear so earthbound. With finals season just around the corner, it may be somewhat helpful to think about existence beyond tests, essays, and grades. These shows are seasonal and vary throughout the year. One showtime for this particular event is on March 23rd. It will take approximately an hour, lasting from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

Student Recitals on April 1st

As a musician myself, I understand how vital performances can be. For the students featured in this recital, an audience will likely be incredibly valuable. It is true that this takes place after spring break, though it may still be a fabulous event to attend before finals season keeps us all from doing much besides studying. These musicians have worked incredibly hard to hone and perfect their craft. These recitals are also vital because they determine the outcomes of these students’ degrees. Supporting the arts is often overlooked, but that does not mean that it is any less critical. Please, take the time to support students who have worked extremely hard to get to this point in their careers. It may help to give them that extra boost of confidence if they see that people truly do take an interest in their careers and their performances. The recital on April 1st will take place at 5:00 PM in the evening.


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CU Boulder is a special campus. There are always ways to connect to the events going on there. Despite spring break and the lack of classes at that time, I hope that everyone continues to take the time to look around and see what is going on and how they can continue to be a part of CU Boulder. Before finals season begins, take the chance to enjoy whatever free time you still have.

Taylor Denton is a movie-loving, vegetarian, nerdy student living in Boulder, currently working to complete a degree in English. She was born on March 22nd, 1998, in Springfield, Missouri. She began writing short stories when she was in middle-school, publishing her first poem in a book created by her school. In high school, her love for creative writing expanded and came to life. She has continued to write, which has become her passion in life. She now writes in college from the perspective of a student, working as often as she can to keep her voice active and evolving while she continues to purse her enthusiasm for writing.