“Life goes on, it gets so heavy…” according to Coldplay. This song, “Paradise,” definitely had to be written with college students in mind, because as the semester goes on, it feels heavier and heavier.
By the time fall break rolls around every year, it ends up being only a tease. While designed to provide a short reprieve for students and teachers alike, it really turns out to be one extra day for travel time or studying.
I have said it before and I will say it again: life is way more important than college. We are meant to spend time with our families, take care of our bodies and focus on the world around us.
First of all, fall break is not nearly long enough for students to actually spend time with their families or people they care about. It is unrealistic for out-of-state and international students as well, who would barely have time to get home and then come back immediately.
Also, self-care and health are vital to survive college. Let’s recognize that by this point in the semester, everyone plus their roommate and boyfriend are all sick with strep, the flu or bronchitis…maybe even all at once.
Students and teachers need time to prioritize their health by having a longer fall break to catch up on sleep and life. Having a longer fall break around week eight or nine would significantly improve the work-life balance for most undergraduate students, especially because this rest would come right after the major stress of midterms.
Additionally, a longer fall break would allow students to travel more and experience the world around them. Being stuck in Abilene without long enough weekends to experience other parts of the world can be depressing.
Seeing as the only other two breaks given in the fall semester are national holidays, there is no dedicated break for rest, relaxation and enjoyment. Spring break occurs in the spring semester for a full week, so why not during the fall semester as well?
Allowing students to use the time as they wish to travel, catch up on sleep or see family would lead to a healthier, happier campus. I would love to have a break from 8 a.m.’s for a hot minute, and I can bet many others would agree.