Ah, winter break. For you. I just graduated, sucka! I don't have to go back to school. I feel so free! I have so much more time! Until I get a job....
Anyway, this is a good, ol' fun time for students from all grades, including college, and even for their families. Recently, however, my wife pointed out to me how the scheduling for college breaks does not make a whole lot of sense. It could be better.
At the school that is now my alma mater, Lindsey Wilson College, students have part of a week off for Thanksgiving break. Of course, some students and professors skip or cancel classes and take most of or the whole week off, so it varies.
After that, there are two weeks of school left, and one of those weeks is finals week, which does not fully count. Many students finish classes within the first two or three days of the school week. Of course, December graduates, like myself, have to stick around for graduation.
What's my point? Well, students and their families like to be together for both Thanksgiving and the various winter break holidays, right? Many students have to travel far to see their families. Also, some people go away on a trip during the holidays, right? But that awkwardly placed two weeks gets in the way of a full experience.
Some students cannot afford to travel twice so close together. And then people cannot travel and see certain other places or people quite when they might want to.
Would it not make sense to start classes two weeks earlier? Rather than starting in the middle of August, colleges could start at the beginning, like the high schools. Then students and their families could get out two weeks earlier and spend all of the holidays wherever they wanted to.
One nice long break from Thanksgiving to some point in January. Doesn't that sound nice?
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