March 5, 2014 - 2:34pm
The annual reprieve from classes is finally upon us -- and as you pack your bags for your tropical getaway, here's a rundown of where everyone is going this year.

College coeds, rejoice!

After months of deadlines, exams, snow and sub-zero temperatures, Spring Break is finally here!

As many of us know it, may seem like nothing more than a modern, uncivilized tradition -- but this rowdy rite of passage has a surprisingly long and storied history.

From an ambitious swim coach's spring training trip to today's week-long party complete with bathing suits, bad behavior and booze, click through the timeline above for a brief chronology of spring break in the United States.

Shifting from Past to Present

October 20, 2013 - 4:28pm
Before the snow reaches Syracuse, be sure to check out the best Central New York spots to take in a beautiful Fall day.

As we reach mid-October, it’s hard to shift the thoughts of the upcoming winter into the back of our minds. But sometimes we need to remind ourselves to take advantage of the beautiful Central New York Fall instead of anticipating the colder months. Here are a few spots you have to visit to sneak in that last bit of adventure (and sun) before the snow falls.

March 6, 2013 - 7:44pm
Stuck in Central New York for spring break? It doesn't have to be a bummer if you try some of these activities or take a short trip.

Spring break is known as the time of year when many college students take extravagant vacations to tropical locations like Miami or Mexico. But not everyone has the cash flow in order to spend hundreds of dollars to support such a dream. Fortunately, there are still some interesting things to do around Syracuse  and if you’re tired of Syracuse, a great vacation is just a couple hours away. Here are some ideas on how to spend your spring break.

September 25, 2012 - 1:00pm
Pete Wayner and Leah Stacy, two Newhouse alumni, and their friend Kevin Kennedy, are traveling the country to capture various perspectives of the “American Dream,” the first mission of their startup, The Bly Project.

Three college friends, including two Syracuse alumni, are living out their dreams—by writing about those of others.

February 16, 2012 - 6:31pm
SU public diplomacy graduate student explores a new culture in Bahrain and learns no one country is like the next.

Historically, my favorite holiday has been Thanksgiving for all of the reasons most guys favor this sacred day. Aside from the festivities, football and family, it is a day that I typically indulge myself in an array of dishes from some of my favorite chefs--namely my mother. This year, however, I knew Valentine’s Day would hold a special place in my heart as it would mark the one year anniversary of the uprising that took place in Bahrain.

January 29, 2012 - 10:26pm
It's time for some new "stamps" in our Passports blog.

With winter keeping us on lockdown, it's time to fantasize about travel. And we are re-energizing our Passports blog just in time to help fulfill those fantasies. 

No longer solely a blog for Study Abroad students to share their stories, Passports is expanding to include all things travel: where to eat, who to meet, what to do and what to skip.

Stay tuned as SU travel writers regale us with travel tales of Syracuse and beyond.

April 27, 2010 - 8:01pm
Our abroad blog delivers students' experiences from across the globe.

For Passports, Syracuse University students studying in China, Spain, Chile, England and Italy share their adventures, misadventures, travel tips and insights, offering a peek into the life of an American student abroad.

Check out a sample of their stories:


April 13, 2010 - 4:13am
Finding comfort in a foreign land

“It’s getting late,” my friend shouted in my ear at a noisy, sweaty discoteca. I looked at my phone. It was 3:47, and I had to be up in less than five hours. It’s time to go home, I thought.

Home. The long walk back gave me a lot of time to think about that word. Home. As I stumbled through the dimly lit Piazza della Repubblica, I wondered, is Florence really my home now?

March 12, 2010 - 1:13am
Anxiously waiting outside a London theater for the chance to meet the Sex and the City celebrity
March 5, 2010 - 3:00pm
In Madrid for one reason: food.

Syracuse students go abroad for a variety of reasons. Some are trying to find themselves; some are learning a new language; others are looking to get drunk at a younger age, and in a better location than your standard off-campus dive. I went abroad for none of these reasons. In fact, I'm in Madrid for one thing only: the food.