Home for the holidays: What students are most looking forward to during winter break

At the end of the fall semester, as studying for finals consumes both day and night, there is one thing college students cannot wait for — winter break. We went to Mozart’s Coffee Roasters and asked some what they are looking forward to the most during the weeks off for the holiday.

— Photos and text by Mackenzie Palmer/American-Statesman

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University of Texas international relations and global studies junior Samantha Gorny, 20, said she is looking forward to hanging out with her parents and dogs during the break in Houston, her hometown, as well as watching TV, riding bikes and ice skating. She also will be going to New Jersey for a week to visit her father’s side of the family.

 

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Seamus Hawley, 19, is from Minneapolis, Minn., and said he can’t wait to get back to the cold weather. “I only really like winter for about a month, so that is the perfect amount of time to go back,” Hawley said. He said finals burned him out and he is ready to relax.

 

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Sophomore Jessica Plasters, 19, said that after attending the Day for Night festival in Houston, she can’t wait to hang out with her cats and listen to rap music with her friends at home in San Antonio.

 

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Business marketing major Jared Malik Royal, 22, said he is ready to sleep in and wake up to a big breakfast once he gets home to Keller. In the spirit of the holiday, he said he loves giving presents to his friends and family.

 

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Kassidy Knight, 21, is a University of Texas senior computer engineering major from Haslet, outside Fort Worth. She said she is ready to nap a lot and eat a lot but is going to miss her teammates from Texas 4000, a UT biking group, during break.

 

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UT freshman Chris Uvalle, 19, said he is excited to head back home to Edinburg to hang with old friends and family. And after a semesterlong break, Uvalle said he can’t wait to be reunited with his piano at home.

 

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Austin Community College student Danny Fraser, 25, said he is ready to catch up with old friends in Williamsport, Md. Fraser said he’ll spend his time walking his parents’ dogs, visiting his favorite childhood spots and hiking.

 

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UT student Krissa Martin, 20, from Houston, said she can’t wait to mountain bike, play volleyball and see her 16-year-old sister, Wendy.

 

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Cameron Osmond, 20, a UT liberal arts honors program sophomore, said he loves to eat his parents’ cooking (especially the two dishes above). While back in Flower Mound, Osmond said he’ll dedicate his time to writing the second draft of his screenplay.

 

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Cade Stone, 20, said he is excited to return home, even though home is Austin. “It’s a 25-minute drive, but I’m still excited and looking forward to it,” Stone said.

We ask people at Eeyore’s Birthday – why do you love Austin?

After a night of thunder and lightning, the sun came out just in time on Saturday for Eeyore’s Birthday. The annual festival in Pease Park featured live music, face painting and costumes. Locals, families and weekend visitors had plenty to say about why they love Austin.

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College student Megan Hicks attends Texas State University in San Marcos but said she spends most of her time in Austin. Hicks and a group of friends were attending the festival for the first time.

 

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A maypole is set up at the beginning of the festival.

 

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Carly Suhr was enjoying the warm weather with Hicks. Suhr, 19, said she loves Austin because there is always something fun to do.

 

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Abby Slatton, who is studying to be an aesthetician, likes the attitude of Austinites. Slatton and her friends were excited to watch the drum circles (below) that Eeyore’s Birthday is known for.

 

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Garrett Rogers was taking in the sights and sounds of the festival for the first time. Rogers, who works in heating and air conditioning, enjoys the people he meets in Austin.

 

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David Rodriguez attended Eeyore’s Birthday for the third time this year. Rodriguez said he cannot get enough of the food in Austin and that his favorite restaurant is Kebabalicious.

 

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The 53rd annual Eeyore’s Birthday was  just one of the many things to do around Austin this weekend and part of what makes Christopher Marshall love the city so much.

 

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Barbie Jabri (second from right) has been in Austin for eight years and is trying to convince her friends to move here. Jabri enjoys soaking up the warm, sunny weather the city is known for.

 

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