Fall break is such a tease.
It’s like if Kate Upton was your girlfriend, but you were never allowed to see her in person. Excuse me if I don’t get excited about what is just a glorified three-day weekend.
The problem is, Blacksburg is located so far away from everything else that it’s nearly impossible to do anything in just three days without feeling rushed.
Three days is just enough time to get home, do some laundry, say hi to some friends you haven’t seen in a couple months and then drive back. All the while, you’re stressing over the piles of schoolwork that are waiting for you back in the 'burg.
It would be one thing if professors weren’t allowed to assign work over the break. But that’s an unreasonable request to make that would never be fulfilled anyways.
Most students seem to figure this out after their freshmen year. As fairly educated people, they learn from past experiences and try not to repeat mistakes. But not everyone learns so quickly.
As a senior, I still have friends who are going home for the weekend or trying to round up people to take a trip to the beach. Taking such a short vacation is only going to leave you more stressed than when you left.
It’s a no-win proposition.
Just treat this like a normal weekend and perhaps take advantage of the football team having a bye week to explore a part of Blacksburg or the New River Valley you haven’t gotten to yet. Check off something on that Hokie bucket list you made as a freshman.
Trust me, not having to waste multiple hours of your weekend just to get to and from your destination will make you so much happier. There are many wonderful places to explore and new experiences to enjoy within a few minutes of campus.
So don’t fall for the false promise that is “fall break.” Take some time for yourself, learn more about your immediate surroundings and make sure you don’t make your future-self miserable by leaving him or her a mountain of work to do next week.
Fall break is, technically, one golden Friday in October when students are free from classes and many other university-related responsibilities.
This holiday, while possibly serving as a light at the end of the tunnel after a hellish two weeks of midterms, does absolutely nothing for me.
It’s less that I hate breaks from class and more that the distinction virtually doesn't benefit me at all. As a senior English major, Friday classes are extremely hard to come by. Not only that, but being almost complete with my Virginia Tech circuit, I’ve learned to avoid them like the plague.
I believe the last time I attended a Friday class was my first semester freshman year, when I had the misfortune of taking a required 700-person astronomy class. I also took the second part of the class spring semester, but showed up to approximately zero Friday sessions. I would not recommend this, but you live, you learn.
Apparently celebrating “fall break” every week of spring semester is not rewarded with good grades.
This year, much like all the others before it, fall break is just a fancy name for a regular Friday for me. I thank the powers that be for the glorious experience of having a day off that I already had off.
My sister, who is currently a freshman at Longwood University, had a fall break of her own, lasting an inconceivable two days — but the timing was key. Longwood, apparently, had Monday and Tuesday of this week, affording them the ever-elusive five-day weekend.
Alas, the same fortune was not afforded to Hokies, to which the academic calendar said, in the words of some popular internet adage, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”
We’ve got a future to invent, guys.
All this being said, I’m extremely excited for everyone besides myself to make the most of a day off of school.
Go crazy. Take a trip to the Cascades and have a look at the “closed due to government shutdown” sign! Buy a six-pack of pumpkin beer and drink it during the middle of the day 'cause you can! Rake the leaves in your tiny patch of apartment-allotted lawn and jump in them! Pick spiders out of your clothing afterward! Most of all, enjoy your Friday off, and keep looking forward to Thanksgiving Break.