A Scottie Spring Break

Scotties are super lucky – we get a two week Spring Break! The first week is dedicated to Journeys for first-years and Peak Week for upperclass students. However, many students might forgo Peak Week if they have other important commitments – such as myself (Erika)!

My first week of spring break was spent in Charleston, South Carolina attending the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference. There, I presented research with a fellow student, Abigail, on positive psychology variables as predictors of organizational citizenship behaviour. We honestly spent most of our time in the hotel, attending conference sessions and navigating mazes of posters  from students and faculty from all over the Southeastern United States.

Erika ’19 and Abigail ’18 presenting their research at the SEPA 2018 Conference in Charleston, SC

Our last day in Charleston was Friday and after checking out of our hotel at 11 am, we had some time to explore downtown. Charleston was established in 1670, and its heritage and architecture is greatly influence by the English and the French. Known for its tea, the city was a major trading hub in the past. We explored Rainbow Row, which is a street lined with pastel-coloured row houses, with the first one having been built around 1630. We also briefly visited the old customs house, where ships with goods for trade would arrive.

Rainbow Row in Charleston, SC

After Charleston, it was a quick turnaround for me because on Saturday I flew home to British Columbia, Canada. Because plane tickets can be expensive for me to fly home since my hometown is not a major city, I flew to Calgary, in the province of Alberta. My mum picked me up and we drove nine hours home through the world-famous Banff and Jasper National Parks. For those who don’t know, this road trip goes directly through the Rocky Mountains, and we were extraordinarily lucky to have some beautiful, clear skies.

View of the Rocky Mountains from the mountain foothills

Returning home, we again drove through the Rocky Mountains, where we stopped at the famous Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park. In the winter, the resort nearby is closed for the season, but in the summer there are many opportunities for visitors to walk up to the glacier and even take a specially-equipped bus directly onto the glacier! I’ve never done it, but I hear that it is an amazing experience.

Spring Break was over much too quickly, but I think it’s safe to say that I had a truly eye-opening and productive holiday! I wonder what I’ll do next year?

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Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park, Canada

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