I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about skiing with your college friends that is life changing. Maybe it’s the lack of parental guidance and the carefreeness of being on the mountain with your best friends, but it’s an experience of a lifetime. My friends and I headed up to Breckenridge, Colorado, after an excruciating week of finals December 2014. Little did we know just how fulfilling the trip would be.
“It was like nothing I had ever experienced before. I felt a sense of independence and freedom being on the mountain, not being on a schedule, and just hanging out with your best friends on the slopes” says Gracie Davis, the organizer of the whole trip. “All I needed was a solid playlist and a lift pass and life was easy if only for that week.”
That sense of freedom is almost exactly what college students need after a long semester, and a tough week filled with finals. We feel so stressed out and pressured all semester to do well in class, be on a tight schedule, all while staying involved on campus and in the community for resume building. The stress seems like it will never end, then you finish finals week and you’re still stressed out to the max.
That’s where the mountain comes in. The combination of physical activity and tranquillity of the scenery is exactly the cure for what some student’s call a “finals hangover.”
“The best thing was to just get out there on the open slopes and really just have the world to ourselves,” Davis recalls. “It’s that sense of openness of the mountain that reminded me that I’m still young and have plenty of time to stress. Just enjoy the world as it is right now.”
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