TEEN BEAT: Getting ready for spring break

Teen Beat | Grace Fowler

With spring break around the corner, it seems like everyone is shopping, tanning and getting ready to head somewhere warm. A lot of my friends are going to Florida to escape winter. I thought we were done with the cold weather, but this week proved me wrong and I could not be more excited to be getting away myself.

And I’m trying something new this year. I started tanning. I have never even considered tanning — probably because of the warnings about it causing skin cancer. However, my mom tried it before her last vacation and she didn’t get burned, so I thought I would try it, too. Spray tanning makes me nervous because I’ve heard that if it’s not done right, you might end up with streaks or splotches. And I’ve tried those over-the-counter lotions, but ended up looking orange. Not to mention my tan rubbed off with a towel.

Being tan makes me feel more confident and hopefully it will prevent me from getting burned at the beach, not to mention how incredibly relaxing it is. Maybe it’s my schedule or the hum of the fan and the warmth and the smell of the lotion, but I almost fall asleep every time. A 10-minute imaginary beach escape.

If I wasn’t going away for spring break, I’d focus on spring cleaning. My closet, our garage, my car. No matter where you spend your vacation, everyone can clear out their minds. If I were staying in Greenville, I’d nap every day. Stay in my sweats. Drink tea. Just take time to reset and rest.

Being a senior in high school, this is my last spring break before college. And it couldn’t be coming at a better time as my senioritis has kicked into overdrive. Maybe in cleaning out my mind, I’ll find my motivation. And hopefully, when I get back, I won’t need a tanning booth to get my daily dose of the sun.

Grace Fowler is a senior at Greenville High School. She can be reached at grace@staffordmediasolutions.com.

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