Survey Says! Student’s thoughts on Spring Break 2021
By Kinleigh Stancil
Camping or swimming? The beach or the lake? Staying home or traveling? Find out what Reinhardt students said in our 2021 spring break survey.
The survey’s goal was to understand students’ viewpoints surrounding spring break during COVID-19. With an array of responses from Reinhardt University’s student body, we uncovered some interesting spring break insights.
Because we are still in a global pandemic (with COVID-19 cases still taking hold of many people’s planned vacations and activities), it was no surprise that out of 90 students surveyed, 62.5% said they were not going anywhere for spring break.
Our surprise came after we questioned students about whether coronavirus was the reason for not traveling. A whopping 70.9% said “no,” and only 12.8% said “yes.” Our survey also found that 57.6% of students stayed home, and 17.6% remained in Georgia.
When asked their level of concern about catching the virus, 65 out of 90 students said they feared getting the virus. The survey concluded COVID-19 was a significant reason Reinhardt University students stayed home during break.
- Fifty-three percent of students said they prefer trips with friends, while the minority (46.5%) prefer vacationing with their family.
- Ninety-two percent of students prefer going on trips with a small group of people, while 8% prefer large groups. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention small gathering guidelines.
- Student’s traveling styles are standard, with most students choosing to travel by car (65.5%) and (32.2%) by plane.
- Most students enjoy going to the beach (52.3%), the mountains came in second (32.6%), some students favor the lake (7%), and a few said the city (3.5%).
- Amusement parks like Universal and Disney World may have a strict mask-mandate and are operating at about 35% capacity but did not stop students from going. Twenty-two point seven percent of students said they prefer the amusement parks, with cruises coming in second with 14.8%.
- As far as accommodations, 39.7% of students booked hotels, rental houses, or condominiums.
Spring Break was a much-needed respite for all students, professors, and faculty. Gaining student’s opinions helped us to understand the impact of students’ choices about spring break during a global pandemic.
Update: During a press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Brian Kemp announced at a Capitol press conference that all Georgians 16 and older could sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine starting Thursday, March 25. “This is our ticket back to normal, and we’re getting closer to that point every single day,” he said Tuesday.
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