Five weeks is too much
It's good to be back. Really good. So good, in fact, that we have to wonder why we weren't back just a little earlier.
As break nears during Reading Period and exams, most students can't wait for a nice, long relaxing hiatus from studying. During those first few weeks of break, the holidays and catching up with friends keep most of us very busy. But as January drags on, many students find themselves exchanging emails and phone calls with others lamenting how monotonous the break has become. Most other colleges have already resumed classes, thus depriving Bowdoin students of their non-Bowdoin friends, and it is difficult to find any meaningful, regular work for five weeks.
It is easy to see this as mere snooty complaining from lazy college students who find that they're unable to entertain themsleves without the structure of alternating classwork and partying. But there's more to it than just relieving the boredom.
Shaving a week off winter break, for example, would offer the College greater flexibility in scheduling during the spring semester. Students should be careful to wish for getting out of classes a week earlier, though, since mid-May is often the time when Maine is just beginning to thaw out from a long, cold winter. That's when it's at its best.
That said, perhaps lengthening the spring semester by a week is more desirable than sitting at home for a week. It's time the College reevaluate the long winter break.
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