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various sites online for around $25 (a quick Google search will produce numerous options on where to buy). Full–time students age 12–25 are eligible for the cards, which offer benefits including air travel and accommodation discounts, an international emergency hotline as well as travel and accident insurance. And don‘t worry if you‘ve already booked your flight, the current cards are good through the end of December 2005, so you can use it next time. On top of all these tips, have fun! You have been waiting for this all semester. Have a safe and responsible Spring Break Blast! Tiffany M Obergfoll Senior, Arizona State University http://travel.state.gov

Put aside the homework and mid–term preparation exercises–Spring Break is here! College students everywhere are busy planning trips for that long awaited week in March when they will forget about GPAs and LSATs and enjoy the carefree days of youth. For those of you whose vacation plans include leaving the U–S–of–A, be forewarned; the U.S. Department of State cautions that more than 2,500 Americans are arrested overseas each year–from reckless behavior to drug–related charges–reminding party–minded students to also mind their manners. The State Department website also includes travel warnings and important information on what to do in the case of an emergency (my brother was in France on 9/11, and it took him forever to locate the American consulate). Also, having a blast on spring break doesn‘t include getting robbed. Believe it or not, many students find themselves the victims of robbery every year. Of course, Spring Break is supposed to be a time when students stop worrying and let loose a little; robbery, arrests and international crises are the last thing you want to think about right now. Rest assured. By implementing a little common sense well–informed students can maximize both safety and memorable times. The International Student Identity Card (ISIC), from the Council on International Education Exchange offer academics a combination of the two. These cards are available via mail through the CIEE, or can be purchased at

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