The Spring Break hangover is real, and I need to recover

By Robyn Simkins
On March 23, 2017

Sandy beaches, late night parties or just sleeping in until lunch time and binge watching Netflix for days in a row...this is how I imagine everyone else spent their Spring Break. While I, on the other hand, was busy working not one, not two, but three jobs, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one.

Regardless of how our time was spent, it was one full week that is claimed to be a break from the mass amount of homework, studying, tests and stress that are engrained into the system of higher education.

I pose this question: Is a week too long to take off in the middle of the semester?

While I’m sure some readers may be aghast at my insinuation and may even label me as a crazy person, hear me out.

Seven straight days away from the classroom, professors and mounds of assignments crammed into our ever shrinking backpack and silence in place of the ever incessant pen clicking of the peer that sits three rows back. While this "break" is much needed and even enjoyed throughout the course of the week, it’s the end of the break where the trouble begins.

Toward the end of the week, I found myself picking up a textbook to study the chapters for an upcoming test (who gives a test right after spring break?!). On top of that I was already reexamining emails and Blackboard to see if upcoming assignments were posted and checking semester averages to see what kind of situation I was looking at, come May.

This agony took place on Thursday. Thursday!!! By all accounts of the rules of spring break, I should have had until at least Sunday before the turmoil of the second eight weeks taunted me.

Therein lies the foundation for my question. On one hand, I needed the time off, with that I’m sure we can all agree. But on the other hand, I came back in a daze, ill prepared for the semester to resume.

Who knows how long it will take me to get back into the swing of things now?

I’m truly torn as to whether or not I really appreciate the tradition of Spring Break, or if I would rather just power through the semester until summer before taking a breath of academia-free fresh air.

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