Home alone: What happens on campus during break?

By Sierra Dotson
December 14, 2018

As finals week quickly approaches, so does the month long winter break that follows. Photo by Cabrini University.

When campus closes, most students are too wrapped up in the holiday festivities and lack of homework to think about those left behind after they have gone home. There is a percentage of the student body who have to stay on campus for various reasons. If a student attempts to apply for residency over a holiday break, housing is only guaranteed if the student falls into one of five categories: international students, athletes, students enrolled in winter courses, students working for Cabrini-sponsored departments and students completing an internship.

Students staying on campus for any other reason must be pre-approved by Residence Life. Regardless of reason, all students requesting residency must fill out the application which can be access through your Cabrini One student portal. Any student requesting to stay on campus for the upcoming winter break must complete the application by Dec. 1, 2018.

One of the greatest disadvantages of staying on campus is that normal dining services are incredibly limited. During shorter (fall break and spring break) breaks all meals are the responsibility of the student. If a student does not have a car or other mode of transportation, it is recommended that students prepare meals in advance and stock up on food prior to the start of the break. However, there are also many off-campus dining options.

The King of Prussia Mall area is an incredibly popular destination for students as there is not only a wide variety of restaurants, but also entertainment. Visiting the mall is how many students choose to combat boredom. In addition to shopping, Radnor is also home to an IMAX movie theater as well as several train stations.

Rittenhouse Square Holiday Lights by michaelwm25, on Flickr
Many students love to sight-see in the city during the holiday season. During Fast Track weeks, train tickets can be purchased for $5 in the SEaL office. “Rittenhouse Square Holiday Lights” (CC BY 2.0) by michaelwm25

Cabrini University is also in close proximity to Philadelphia which makes the city another must-see spot for adventurous students. The city of “brotherly love,” as it has been dubbed by its residents, is an incredibly festive place to visit during the holiday season. Several locations in the city will be glowing with seasonal decorations, dazzling light shows, and fireworks displays. In Center City’s Dilworth park, many tourists enjoy visiting the ice skating rink that rests on the front steps of City Hall.

Ivan Varela, a junior criminology major, was one of the few who stayed on campus for the five-day fall break. When asked why he decided to stay, he said, “It costs too much money to go home. My parents and I couldn’t afford the flight to Tuscon, Arizona.” Varela then went on to list some of the things he plans on doing in his free time, “I’m probably going to sleep, play video games, work out, talk to my parents a bit… I do celebrate Thanksgiving and one of my teammates was kind enough to invite me over to his house for a Thanksgiving dinner.”

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