Grounded for spring break, college students talk about who got the shot, and how

By: | March 23, 2021

Hawaii, Florida, Seattle and the South of France are among the dream destinations for New York City undergraduates who have been forced to postpone the traditional college ritual of spring break for the second year in a row, because of the pandemic.

“I was supposed to be in London for study abroad this semester, so I probably would’ve gone some place close to there for spring break — maybe in southern Europe,” said New York University sophomore Aliyah Verdiner, 20, a business major from Brooklyn. “That would’ve been a lot of fun, but I guess not this year.”

Some students, however, have managed to be adventurous. Rumors on campus abound about students who exploited loopholes and got vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to party and travel for spring break.

“She’s going skiing in Vermont with a bunch of friends,” said Aliza Abusch-Magder, referring to her roommate, whom she declined to name. “She’s very excited to be going to parties and — how do I say this? — making up for lost time in quarantine.” Abusch-Magder said her roommate invoked “something in her medical history, that doesn’t actually affect her day-to-day, to qualify for the vaccine.”

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