For many, Easter Break is the calm before the storm. A moment for us students to breathe before finals hit us at full force. The desire to hideaway and feast on Cadbury eggs and Peeps is strong, but you’re better than that. Below are five ideas—with a college students’ budget in mind—to get you outside and into the holiday spirit.
- The Reason for the Season
As if it hadn’t already crossed your mind, head to church! Some of you may not have the luxury to be home with family so instead put on your Sunday best and round up your closest friends. Maybe even extend the invite to your dormitory hall!
There are a wide variety of churches to carpool to including The Rock Church on Rosecrans, Newbreak in Ocean Beach, and our very own First Church of the Nazarene on Lomaland Drive.
Or if you really want to remember this Easter, how about a sunrise service?
The Kiwanis Club of Point Loma presents an Easter Sunrise Service just down the street from Loma, at the Cabrillo National Monument.
The service will be held in the lower parking lot, with seating for approximately 700, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
If the early morning panoramics of Downtown San Diego and its harbor aren’t enough to get you there, consider attending for the refreshments that follow.
For more information, including recommended arrival times, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/point-loma-kiwanis-easter-sunrise-service-tickets-58399868579
- Spring Cleaning
Yup, that’s right. Wash and dry your sheets, towels, and dirty laundry. Vacuum and/or sweep. Use disinfectant wipes to sanitize your desk.
Prepare yourself a tidy and clean work space for finals. You’ll spend a lot of time there the following weeks.
If you’re really invested, consider packing up items and clothing you know you won’t use for the remainder of the semester. This will make your move back home for the summer easier, if necessary. Trust me, your roommates and parents will thank you.
- Brunch It
If you’ve lived in San Diego long enough, you know that brunch is more than just a meal. It’s an outing, an experience, sometimes even a fashion show.
For those up to facing the crowds, Sunday brunch is a lovely option for the Easter weekend. Yelp provides foodies with great recommendations in a variety of locations.
Moniker Coffee Company, Breakfast Republic, and Fig Tree Cafe are all fantastic options within 5 miles of PLNU.
- Egg Hunts, Egg Hunts, and More Egg Hunts
Hunting for treasures inside of colorful plastic eggs is a tradition that many of us grew up with. Egg hunts are not only entertaining but are also a great way to spend time outdoors or with family.
Alysa Felix, a junior Exercise and Sports Science major, gathers with hers, cousins and all, to watch children rip money out from pre-planted “golden eggs.”
Felix also recalls receiving gifts alongside her siblings on Easter Day. “[The] Easter baskets [were] filled,” said Felix. “Gift cards, candy, and little knick knacks like toys when we were kids.” Now, however, Felix’s Easter basket toys are replaced with face masks and such.
While some of us searched for eggs and received Easter baskets in our backyards, iconic hunts and Easter bashes are held open to the public at the Hotel Del Coronado and Belmont Park.
- Soak Up the Shine
Emily Rodriguez, a junior Nursing major, spends more than just Easter day with her family. Taking advantage of the weather, the Rodriguez’s clan turns to sports.
“My family plays softball the day before,” said Rodriguez. “And then on Easter we go to church and hide eggs with money for the kids.”
If softball isn’t your thing, perhaps a round of spikeball or beach frisbee. Take advantage of the Spring weather and blooms—picnic at a nearby park or a walk along Sunset Cliffs.
So, before you start to stress about finals, remember, hippity hoppin’, Easter’s on its way! With the help of these ideas, Peter Cottontail will have come and gone before you know it.