Students hit the hills on day off

Although the holidays are over, Bradley students wasted no time enjoying the winter wonderland left by one of the biggest snow storms Illinois has ever seen.

Many students made use of the unexpected vacation. Some made their way to Laura Bradley Park to go sledding, along with local Peoria school children, who also had days off.

A few, like sophomore mechanical engineering major Ryan Miller, said he decided to be proactive with academics.

“I’m capitalizing on the snow day by getting ahead with homework and planning my next week out,” Miller said.

Others said they found it more prudent to stay inside, away from the chilling weather.

“I spent my snow day very unproductively,” said freshman sports communications major Lee Pikelny. “I spoke to my parents for the first time in awhile, I watched ‘Lord of the Rings 3’ and caught up on hours and hours of sleep.”

Some students found a way to balance winter fun with productivity.

“I spent my day catching up on sleep and homework,” said sophomore international business major Brianna Wenger. “I was up late the night before doing homework, so having a snow day was a bit of a relief. I plan to have a snowball fight later, though.”

Junior nursing major Rachel Kranz said she also spent time relaxing.

“I just ate, went sledding and played ‘Mario Party,’” she said. “Anything but homework.”

Junior accounting major Kirsten Verden said she treated the days off like a short spring break.

“I’m usually at Markin for four or five hours every day playing badminton, so I continued doing that,” she said. “And today I’m doing some homework. I’ve enoyed the break, but at the same time if other people are busy doing stuff it gets boring.”

Whether they spent their days off with work or play, many students said they took advantage of their time off.

“I hung out with a bunch of good friends,” junior nursing major Glenna Murphy said. “We enjoyed the day off. We weren’t bored at all, but I’m waiting for school to start up again.”

Freshman health science major Jon Staab said he took the opportunity to catch up on work.

“I studied and did a lot of homework,” he said. “I also went outside and made a snow fort with friends. It was about 10 feet tall.”