Spring Break 2015 was one of the best experiences of my life. It was a week full of sun, frisbee, and sand. I made new memories, froze my butt off in the Atlantic Ocean, and met college students from all over the country. I spent my Spring Break 2015 with the Hopkins Ultimate Frisbee team, DangerZone, and made the 8 hour trek to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to play in the High Tide Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. With 80 teams, 1600 players, and 6 days of fun in the sun, High Tide exceeded all of the expectations I had for it.
A BEACH HOUSE BECOMES A HOME
With 19 guys, constant sweating, and bare feet everywhere, a beach house can seem very inhospitable at first glance. It only took one day in that house for it to feel like a home, and for our team to become a family (corny, right?). We had nightly team meetings, early mornings filled with half awake rides to the tournament fields, and many stories that took shape that we will tell for years to come.
THE BEACH BECOMES YOUR BEST FRIEND
The first three days of our trip were filled with sunny, warm weather that made for perfect beach days! We spent every day from noon to midnight out on the beach. My sunburn quickly became more evident, my shoes were full of sand, and my beach frisbee skills became impeccable. The beach even doubles as a great place to study for Hopkins students.
I RETURNED TO MY HOMELAND (THE SOUTH)
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina may not be as southern, either physically and culturally, as my home in Hamburg, Louisiana, but it was definitely the taste of home that I needed. I heard southern accents, received southern hospitality, and mostly, felt the heat of the south.
While living in a house with 18 fellow teammates, spending an 8 hour drive with 4 of them, and spending 24/7 with all of them, our team is closer than ever. We played spikeball, played frisbee, and ate way too many donuts together. This experience has made our team chemistry go through the roof, and has truly been one of my best college experiences thus far.
As my Spring Break ended, I could not help but to reflect on the memories that were made, the friendships that were forged, and the amazing opportunities that we have to travel at Hopkins, whether for educational or recreational reasons. On a final note, a huge shout out goes to DangerZone Ultimate, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and to all of the people who made the spring break trip truly “ultimate.”