‘Boro boredom: how to overcome the Statesboro blues through the break

William Price

Those students who stick around the ‘Boro over spring break may not be doomed to week of boredom if they treat their staycation right.

This Friday, and for some Thursday, starts the beginning of a much-anticipated weekend in Savannah.

Beginning at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday is the 189th edition of Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade runs through the heart of Georgia’s oldest city. It’s the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world, attracting well over 600,000 attendees per year.

Georgia Southern University will be well represented at the parade with President Brooks Keel, head football coach Jeff Monken, Gus, Freedom and Miss Georgia Southern Reedi Hawkins all having a part in the parade.

“This is the first time I’ve been to the parade, so I’m pretty excited just to be there. I’m even more excited I get to help represent GSU there,” Reedi Hawkins, Miss Georgia Southern and senior multimedia communications major, said.

“I know the parade in Savannah is a huge deal and that it’s pretty hectic, overall I think the whole thing is going to be a lot of fun,” Hawkins said.

Winding down from the St. Patty Day weekend in the ‘Boro may not be the most exciting thing after the festival but there may be more to do than you think.

There are a plethora of movies in theaters playing over the break, including “Oz the Great and Powerful,” “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” and “21 & Over.” Carmike Cinemas offers GSU students matinee priced tickets through the evening every day of the week.

“We hope students in Statesboro over spring break come in and enjoy themselves here, we think we offer GSU students a pretty good deal,” Tiffany Hedrick, complex manager at Carmike Cinemas in Statesboro, said.

For students looking to stay active or start a new exercise plan, the RAC remains open through spring break this year as well, opening at 6 a.m. and shutting down at 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“Spring break is pretty cool at the RAC. You don’t have to wait in lines for equipment because most of the students are gone, and even the basketball courts are free a lot of the time. It’s a nice change from how packed we are normally,” Kelli Chandler, recreation facility assistant at the RAC and junior nursing major, said.

“Spring break really gives an opportunity for some folks who may be nervous to come work out when there are hundreds of people here to try it out. It can be great stress relief and the mood is much more relaxed when there aren’t so many people,” Chandler said.

Spending spring break in Statesboro doesn’t have to be all-bad, there are plenty of activities to fill free time, and if all else fails the bars still have your back all break long.