The University of Colorado's Boulder campus was bustling once again Monday as tens of thousands of students made their way back to school after winter break.

Junior Rachel Bochantin spent her time off back home in Arizona, where she went skydiving while also getting out of the cold for a few weeks.

"It was 75 and sunny the whole time I was there," she said. "So that was nice."

Aidan Youngquist stayed in Boulder, so to escape the cold she simply chose to stay inside her apartment as much as possible.

"It was wonderful," she said. "I marathon-watched five or six shows and all the 'Lord of the Rings' movies and got to read a few books since I didn't have to read textbooks.

"It was nice to be reading for pleasure again."

Youngquist, a senior, said that while the break was nice, she also was looking forward to coming back for her last semester at CU.

"It was a little bittersweet, but I wanted to get started," she said. "The break was peaceful, but it started getting boring."

Not everyone was enthusiastic about getting up early again and making their way to class.

Kay Peng, a junior, got to make a rare trip back to her home in China and wasn't quite ready for her break to end.

"It was fun, but today I just got up and went to class," she said. "I mean, what else are you going to do?"

Freshman David Brown said he went back home to Colorado Springs for his first winter break and did a lot of snowboarding.

"It was weird, going back to your old lifestyle for a little while," he said. "But I was kind of looking forward to coming back. I kind of feel like this is home now."

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