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November 4, 2012   

One of the greatest things about coming to Hamilton is the abundance of opportunities to leave campus (and possibly the country). I kid you not, our study abroad office’s motto is “Welcome to Hamilton – now go away.”

A huge number of students choose to study abroad their junior year for at least a semester, but that isn’t the only way to go somewhere cool. Every year a program called Alternative Spring Break is offered to students who want to spend their two-week vacation volunteering together (this year it’s in Virginia and North Carolina). This year, the Outdoors Club is putting together a mountaineering trip to Ecuador over Winter Break, and I believe they’ve done similar trips in the past. And a friend of mine just got back from a couple-week stay in ANTARCTICA, where she and some fellow students did research on climate change with a professor!

As for me, I’ll be spending 12 days of my Spring Break in the beautiful country of Italy, singing my way across multiple cities with the Hamilton College Choir. Though it’s many months away, I’m already fidgeting in anticipation for this trip. It’s an amazing opportunity that the choir’s been given, and I’m so ridiculously excited for April to come.

For now, I guess, I’ll just sit back and watch the snow fall, waiting for the spring like a kid waiting for Christmas.