It seems as though it is almost unanimous consensus that it would be preferable for both our studies and our stress levels if classes resumed at the beginning of January. Remember, Reading Week has already been cut, the school year will probably be extended by one week for six credit and winter term three credit courses. So if we go back to school next week or even the following week we will have classes up until the 23rd and exams will be scheduled for the first week of January. This seems a little arbitrary and unreasonable to expect undergrads to go back to class at a whim. It cannot go both ways for the Administration.
Reading Week, for me at least, is the one opportunity in the longest, coldest and darkest term to get a break and maybe even get a paper done. In the past, Reading Week has saved me from not being able to write a paper – and I manage my time well. The work just piles up and the christmas break is used by most to get at least some work done that is due in the second term for six credit courses as well. It seems unfair to expect us to jump back in like this. I doubt professors will give us sufficient time to do all the readings given the need to ‘compress’ schedules.
Do you think we are within our rights to demand some time off during the break apart from the 23rd to the 5th break? Or, alternatively, would it be better to ask for Read Week back and extend the year by another week?
My answer: Yes and yes.