March 24, 2013
A Little Post Spring Break Advice For College Students
For many colleges and universities around the country, this past week (or the one before it or this upcoming week), marked Spring Break. Ideally, Spring Break is a time to allow students, faculty, staff, and administration to rest and prep for the last weeks of the semester. In my case, we have six weeks left plus finals week once we return from Spring Break. That is a lot of time and work still to come. Spring Break has its positives, but also some negative effects.
Let me get the negative out of the way, because I like to end on a positive. Okay, so the number one negative of Spring Break is that it is an entire week. It does not take long for students to want to have more of that. Many physically return from Spring Break, but some never fully get back in the groove of the demands of their classes. In my almost eleven years of teaching, I have had many an A student come back from the break to fall down to a C, or even worse.
Why does this happen? Simple, a week is just too long in the middle of the semester. Don’t get me wrong, here…I love Spring Break. But some students just don’t make mentally it back from the beach bash or ski trip or whatever. They just can’t get back into the school schedule and demands. I wish that we would break up Spring Break so that in March we had a three-day break (Wednesday through Friday) and in April a two-day break (Thursday and Friday). Then we would have several short breaks, but nothing so long that we get used to the time off. This won’t happen though, so instead I have a bit of advice.
I suggest for any student coming back from Spring Break that they must jump back into the rigors of college and set up their time management schedules. It is nice to have a break, but come back ready to tackle the assignments in order to keep your grade or raise it. Stay focused on the class work once you return from Spring Break.
The most important bit of advice to remember about Spring Break is to actually take a break. Students should rest from the demands of college so that they can come back ready to kick ass. College should be a time of fun as much as a time of learning. For many, Spring Break provides that fun. Just remember that when the break is over, most colleges have at least six weeks left of school, which means six weeks left of reading, writing, homework, and studying. Don’t let Spring Break seduce you into a false sense of the end is near, because before the end most classes will still have at least two major assignments, projects, tests, or papers left.
And remember, as much as students need Spring Break, so do professors. We all need a little time away from the demands of the classroom.
Spring Break is a nice time out for all in colleges and universities. No matter where students attend school, they are going to be overwhelmed by all the homework, studying, writing, and reading they will have to do. Spring Break gives just a little bit of time to rest from that. Plus, it gives us time away from our peers, professors, and other college personnel. A little me-time never hurts anyone.
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