Here at ACU every fall semester, when the month of October hits students start counting down the days until we get to fall break. Fall break symbolizes that we have successfully made it through the first half of the semester. At this point getting a three day weekend is very well needed.
However, some truly have a hard time understanding why our university gives us a three day weekend to have time off in October but we are not off for Labor Day. Which the frustration is very understanding if you grew up in an education system where one is used to having Labor Day off.
The very first Labor Day was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882. Labor Day is a public holiday that is celebrated on the first Monday in September. Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the actions of laborers who are essential to the working society.
Our country is known for being hard workers, from surviving the Great Depression in the late 1920’s through the 1930’s. Though times were tough and hard our ancestors still pushed through and worked. Some worked in some of the worst conditions.
So Labor Day is well deserved for everyone to have a day off to rest and celebrate. For most growing up, Labor Day was probably a day to spend time with loved ones and enjoy a good meal together.
When asking students in a poll what they preferred, fall break or Labor Day, 85 percent of the poll voted for fall break while 15 percent voted for Labor Day.
Abbie Brentham, junior education major who participated in the poll stated: “Since we start the academic school year so late in the month of August, it doesn’t seem completely right to have a break immediately after the first week of school. As a student we are just coming from a summer break so I don’t think we need another one right away.”
Having fall break seems to be a bit more beneficial to students than having a day off for Labor Day. Yodeli Castillo, senior information technology major shared: “Fall break allows students to relax after the first surviving the first half of the semester. It comes at a great time to recharge our batteries before diving back into the craziness of the semester and heading towards finals.”
Even when asking those who preferred Labor Day, they still admitted that fall break comes at a better time for students.
Fall break is a great time of rest for students. It allows them to take a day to rest and not worry about school for a bit. It allows a day of It is also a good time for a change of scenery. Whether students choose to go home to see family or on a trip to Colorado with friends, sometimes it helps to get out of Abilene for a bit.
It definitely seems when it comes to which is better Labor Day or fall break, students support fall break all the way.