I know I'm a little late to the game about this, or maybe just in time considering Thanksgiving is around the corner, but I have quite some things to say! My one sole question to professors..."What is a break?" Here is another one: "Can you define the word break?" and one more: "Why do you squish everything over break?"
See, I understand that we have a specific amount of work to do and that it is certainly not easy being a professor, especially when you are trying to teach people in about three months some truly complex information. If not complex, lengthy.
This happens every semester. When people ask what students will be doing over break, the number one answer will less likely be that they are spending focused time with their family and or even relaxing with some time to themselves, let alone going away on a big vacation.
The real answer is homework. Teachers assign so much sometimes that they can't even keep up.
It baffles me how much I have truly learned to read so much content in so little time. If you ever thought that reading a book in one week while taking five other classes that require about the same load, was impossible, well let me tell you that it is possible. But, it is certainly straining and stressful.
My point is, is that we all deserve a break. We are doing so much work and have proven to be dedicated for a good amount of time. Our brains can only do so much before we overload. It's like an phone that runs for too long that sometimes it just shuts itself off, or is given a hard reset because it just isn't the same.
Well, students are the same. Please let us reset.