LETTERS: Fall break is absolute garbage
Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 18:10
To the editor:
Fall break is absolute garbage.
While it's great to give the hunters here at USU an extra day to catch their dinner, unfortunately it screws most of us over.
Fall break itself is not a bad thing. In fact, I think it would be glorious if we could have a week long fall break like the University of Utah. It would be nice for those who need a vacation, but it’s most needed by those of us who have a constant stream of homework piles to have a chance to catch up and breathe right in the middle of the semester. Start the semester four days earlier or even cut in to our Christmas break if you have to. In my opinion, it is extremely worth it.
But sticking with one day? This does most people absolutely no good.
That isn’t the heart of the issue though. My main complaint about fall break is that instead of logically giving us a break from class, it pushes Friday’s classes up to Thursday. I still have the same amount of homework, but half the time. Fall break will merely give me a chance to recuperate from my homework binge on Wednesday night.
Oh, and another thing: Fall break cuts out any classes that are on Thursdays. I work for USU Distance Education and I facilitate for a teacher who has Thursday-only class, which means an entire week is gone for them. This is fine for the week-long break argument, but is inconsistent if we’re only going to have a one-day break. She was frustrated at the scenario and asked me if there was any way to get around it. There isn’t, at least not this year.
My far-fetched hope is that in future years, we can do one of three things: have a week long break, have Friday class cancelled with Thursday class normal or have no break whatsoever. Emphatically, I vote for the first option. I believe it would make the most people happy and solve the problems I’ve brought up.
I realize I’m probably not the first to have this complaint or suggest these resolutions, but we’ve been breaking badly for a while, and it’s got to stop.
Please consider my thoughts USU, and thanks at least for the many things you do right.
– Nathan Booth