What is your best spring break memory?

Some college students spend spring break lounging on a beach. Others help rebuild a small town after a natural disaster or trek the Continental Divide. We asked about your favorite spring break experiences. Here is what you told us.

When one thinks about spring or winter, it depends upon where you are. In December 1990 and January 1991 Missouri S&T had its end-of-semester break before the start of the spring 1991 semester.

That was winter in Missouri but spring in Africa, south of the equator.

I worked for a month aboard a ship named Anastasis, which was anchored in the town of Lomay, Togo, located in the armpit of Africa.

I got my doctor’s degree in dentistry in 1960, but had never had a bachelor’s degree so I was still a student in Rolla back then with the intention of earning my bachelor’s degree in life sciences.

In that part of Africa there were no dentists to fill cavities, perform fluoride treatments or remove abscessed teeth, so my help as a licensed dentist was really needed.

When I returned to Missouri I continued my private dental practice in Rolla until I retired in June 1996. I graduated from Missouri S&T on Dec. 12, 1992, with the first bachelor’s degree that I had ever earned. That made me very happy and I am still proud to be a graduate of Missouri S&T.

Dr. George W. Karr, LSci’92, Rolla, Mo.


I spent every spring break working to make enough money to make it to the end of the school year. I did have my wisdom teeth pulled one year, so I worked one less day that spring break, but I would not list that as a fond memory.

Arnold P. Harness, ChE’87, Kansas City, Mo.


Driving to Corning, N.Y., to visit the Corning Museum of Glass with my friends Seth Rummel, AE’12, and Becca Mullen, CerE’13. We added the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pa., to the trip along the way. We slept in the SUV between house-hopping with friends and relatives on the way east. Good times and great memories. The trip was inspired by Missouri S&T’s Hot Glass Shop!

Matthew Eye, ME’13, Duncan, Okla.

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