To Whoever Decided To Cancel Fall Break

To Whoever Decided To Cancel Fall Break

There goes the only time I'd have to relax and recharge.

To whoever it was that took away our fall break,

I'll never forget the morning during this year's hurricane evacuation when I woke up to the email saying that the two days of fall break that I'd been planning on having all year long were no longer going to be relaxing and without classes.

My heart sank as I read the news. I'd been dreading this moment ever since we had to leave campus.

"Nahhh, they wouldn't do that to us," I kept telling myself.

"If anything, they'll just change up the finals week schedule like they did last year," I thought.

Well, turns out I was wrong.

Instead of simply having a couple more days of classes at the end of the semester, you all decided that it would be better to take away students' days off that they already had their hearts set on using. To me, that is much worse.

I understand that the job of the administrators is to give us the education that we paid for, and we definitely do need all the time we can get to learn the material given. Most of the time, we use up the entire period with the lecture, questions, and review without a minute to spare.

So yes, the days that we missed when we were evacuated definitely made a dent in the schedule and there is some catching up to do.

But, that's what the weekend makeup days are for! I know for sure that I have two weekend days during which I am supposed to spend the majority of my time in those classrooms I sit in for hours during the week.

Now, along with the weekend days, my classes are also being forced to meet on the days that would have been my fall break; the days that I would have used to relax and recharge from the exhausting semester I've had thus far.

The thing that gets on my nerves the most is that, during this year's hurricane, we were only out of school for four days, while last year we were out for more than a week.

But did they cancel fall break last year? NOPE.

Yeah, it was an election year, people needed time to vote blah blah blah, but I guarantee you that the majority of students did not, in fact, return to their home states to vote as you all claimed they would. Like myself, they probably got an absentee ballot sent to them because it just did not make sense to make the long journey home just for a few days.

I've been running all of the possible solutions over and over again in my mind and I just don't understand why this is the one that you all chose. It just doesn't make any sense. Where is the logic in this decision?

Sincerely, a very salty student.

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Let's Give Michigan Winters The Benefit Of The Doubt

As cold as it gets, this is still the best place in the world.

Anyone who goes to a cold school understands how miserable the winter can be. We’ll do anything and everything to avoid being outdoors; skipping class sounds much more ideal than having to suffer through getting there and back. Every day, I wonder how people did it before Uber because I most definitely couldn't.

When I'm asked why I’d ever go to a school that's so unbearably cold, my response is the same every time: “Because it’s worth it.” Because there’s nowhere else, hot or cold, in the world that I’d rather be. Because even on the coldest, snowiest days, something about being at Michigan makes me happy.

As cold as it gets and as hard as the subzero temperatures make being productive, we all adjust and have our own ways of making it work. A scarf makes any outfit that much more adorable, and speaking of outfits, what’s wrong with rotating between the same few sweatshirts every day when no one sees whats under your Goose? Nothing! And that means waking up about 10 minutes before you have to leave for class. Every cloud has a silver lining!

Most days here, even though they're bitter cold, are nice and sunny, making for such a pleasant environment. If it were dark and gloomy every day, maybe it'd be harder to survive the winter. It’d be harder to leave bed every day, but luckily that’s not the case. It’s definitely cold, but layers are a pretty good solution.

You know how they say you can’t have a rainbow without rain? I’d argue the same about having seasons. The bitterly cold winter makes the summer that much more special. I, for one, will not be taking a second of this summer for granted. When I’m not working, I will be outside for some reason or another taking it all in. Yearlong heat definitely has its pros, but there is something amazing to be said about changing seasons.

Anyone would agree that it'd be nice if winter were just a little warmer. You know, not so cold that you walk outside and lose feeling in your extremities, but also cold enough for a cute sweater, scarf, hat, jacket and boots.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't change a thing about where I am, but I also can’t deny being really sick of the cold and more than ready for some summer.

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Don't Use Valentine's Day As An Excuse to Show Your Love

It was just another day, but a slightly better, slightly happier day.

Valentine's Day has come and gone. That day was filled with love, affection, and care. You wake up in the morning with excitement for the day and show those special people in your life that you care. It was just another day, but a slightly better, slightly happier day because you can literally see the love in the air.

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