Cherry on Top Column

Ah, spring break. Most of us have long been counting down the days until March 30, but when it finally arrives, the sheer number of things to do around the community can be intimidating. With so many possibilities and so little time, it’s helpful to find out where East students plan to go during these ten blissful days of freedom.

Caleb O’Neill (’19) is heading to Philadelphia to dine at Sancho Pistola’s, a casual Mexican eatery and cocktail bar located at the edge of Fishtown, a vibrant neighborhood known for its colorful artistic and culinary culture.

“I’m definitely getting tacos [at Sancho Pistola’s],” O’Neill said. “They’re delicious.”

Other students cited Philly activities that included seeing the Macy’s Flower Show, biking along the Schuylkill River, getting dessert at the Reading Terminal Market and taking younger siblings to the Great Egg Hunt in Franklin Square on Easter weekend.

Some juniors, such as Shweta Subramaniam (’19), are taking advantage of their time off to begin or continue their college search process. Subramaniam is visiting various schools in the region to experience their campuses and culture firsthand.

“I’m going on college tours…at places like UPenn, Columbia, Northwestern and Case Western,” said Subramaniam. “ I want to know what the atmosphere [of each school] is like. I really want to get a feel for if I can succeed there.”

Spring break starts extra early for members of the Class of 2018, who are leaving for their senior trip to the happiest place on Earth on March 22.

“I’ve never been to Disney World before,” said Juliet Okorie (’18). “So I’m hoping to see Mickey Mouse, and go on a lot of roller coasters that are scary and…make good memories with friends right before school’s over.”

Of course, some people prefer to stay right here at home in Cherry Hill. Many mentioned looking forward to shopping at the mall or getting a quick bite at the Cherry Hill Diner with a group of friends, proving that with some good company, you don’t need to venture out far to have fun.

“For spring break I’m most likely going to just hang out with my friends,” said Evelin Cloth (’21). “Hopefully one of my best friends I haven’t seen in months will be able to stay with one of our other close friends, so we can all hang out for the week and maybe go down to the beach.”

Though students’ destinations and itineraries vary, one thing is for sure—come the end of this month, we’ll all be enjoying a well-deserved break.