It is spring break, that fun time of year full of trips to exotic locations, time with family, or, for some of us, another week on campus. For one reason or another, sometimes we end up being what seems like the only person left on campus for break. There will always be midterms to study for, but with campus libraries closed, I’d like to offer some ideas of what to do this spring break if you are like me and are finding yourself still at Berkeley and a bit bored thinking of a whole week with no plans:
#1: San Francisco
Only a bus or BART ride away, San Francisco is filled with tourist locations such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island, and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge. If you want something a little bit more outdoorsy, there’s always Baker Beach looking at the Golden Gate Bridge, the bison paddock in Golden Gate Park, and many other beaches, parks, and trails.
#2: Berkeley Marina
Berkeley’s own marina is closer than San Francisco, but the paths along the shore still have views of the water, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the sunsets. Simply hop on the 51B bus next to the MLK Student Union Building and it will take you directly there.
#3: Big C
I know, I know, almost every student has already hiked up to the Big C on the hills next to campus. But how many times have you been the only person up there? This week you can have the place to yourself as you look across campus, the city of Berkeley, the Bay, and the skyline of San Francisco. Although both sunrises and sunsets are amazing from up there, walking down in the dark alone is not advised, so this is great if you happen to wake up early one morning and want to see the famous sunset from the Big C.
#4: Try new food places
If you’re like me and most of my friends, you eat most of your meals at cheap, quick restaurants within about three blocks of campus and you probably only rotate between around four different places that you know are good. Well, this week, with no classes to worry about being late for, why don’t you branch out and try somewhere new? Maybe try that restaurant in Oakland your friend has been telling you about for months. Or just walk a few blocks further down Telegraph Ave. and see what looks good. You never know, you might find your new favorite place to eat.
#5: Relaxing on the Glade
Although there’s always plenty of time to study on Memorial Glade, spring break is a great time to take a break and sunbathe on the glade instead. Even though libraries on campus are closed, the Berkeley Public Library is still open and only two blocks away from the western border of campus, so this week is a great time to read a book for fun instead of for a class while laying on the glade, looking at the Campanile, and enjoying the fact that for this week you get the campus to yourself.
I know it can seem lonely to be here when everyone else is gone, but I’m excited for my week exploring the area around campus that I wish I explored more often during the rest of the year. I hope my ideas help you better enjoy this unique week of alone time in our typically-bustling campus!