Okay, so it’s no big secret that many students don’t actually use Reading Week to read. For some schools, the equivalent is Spring Break or Revision Week, but here at the U of L (and at many other schools in Canada), we call it Reading Week. I’ve heard professors jokingly refer to the week off in February as “Ski Week.” For many, it’s an opportunity to travel and enjoy a break from school, not to hit the books. So maybe in a way we’re kidding ourselves by calling it Reading Week?
Not in my case.
Commence bitterness now. Maybe it’s just because I’m an upper-level student with way too much on my plate, but the past two years I certainly have not been skiing during Reading Week. This week much of my time will have been spent with my nose in my notes in preparation for two tests coming up right after the break, in the library poring over historical archives for an assignment due right after the break, or at home banging my head on the desk. My professors had the best of intentions, I’m sure. 🙂
So for those of you out on the slopes this Reading Week, I hope you’re having a real good time! (Think they can sense the sarcasm dripping from that statement? No? Good.) For the rest of us, actually reading during Reading Week is just something that comes with the territory of being in upper-level courses. Sigh. Oh, to be young and carefree again.
In all seriousness, enjoy your break, and I hope to see you all refreshed and rejuvenated next week!
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