Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Break problems (by anon)

I strongly believe that all colleges in Wisconsin should have spring break at the same time. Most students (not all) tend to have a strong focus on their classes, assignments, and other school-related tasks during the semester. Those who keep an extremely busy schedule, which I would say is safe to assume for the majority of full-time students, really need a week off once spring break comes around. The problem is each university has their own calendar they follow, wherein each school's individual spring break schedule lies.

The joy of spring break is being able to take a week off of school, relax, and spend some quality time with friends and family. Do you see where this can be a problem? If students have their breaks on different weeks, often times they don't even get a chance to visit one another. I know with certainty that UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, and MATC have a different week for break this academic year. A busy school schedule can really put a damper on the student's social life during the semester. I know I always look forward to spring break, hoping to reunite with some friends I haven't seen in a while since going off to school. I believe maintaining friendships and connecting with peers from other universities is crucial for students.

Also, what happens if one of your siblings goes to a different university? Assuming the schools function according to different schedules, family members quite possibly are unable to spend time together over breaks as well.

My concern is not so much at the high school level; although, I am writing this complaint from my standpoint. Being a UW-Whitewater student, I have spring break this present week (beginning 3/26). However, my boyfriend, who studies at UW-Madison, and my mother, who works at my hometown high school, both have spring break this upcoming week. This break I feel like I missed out not being able to spend much time with my mother, boyfriend, or other friends from different universities.

Sure, I understand that schools planning their spring breaks at the same time would result in an insane number of individuals traveling to and vacationing at the popular spring break destinations. I can't imagine how many more individuals would be in Florida right now if more students were on spring break. However, I think this is a problem that resorts, airlines, hotels, etc can possibly tackle. Simply put, if a flight gets filled or a hotel is fully booked, they will have to turn individuals down. I get that's easier said than done. However, as a student, I would much rather have to plan ahead, keep my options open, and be flexible, than not be able to spend spring break with my closest friends and family.

Can anyone relate?



  1. I don't really know anyone from other universities in the area who I'd really feel the need to visit for spring break because I can't just wait a month and a half to visit during the entire 3 months of summer we have, or just be satisfied with the three weeks in winter we have off. Whatever. Really don't think what you're arguing for should have taken this long of a post. I get what you're saying, but it's just really not that important. I think it is much better to have spring breaks spread out so that spring breakers aren't all flooding certain areas at the same time.

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    1. Useless comment. Say something with substance or else shut up.

  3. Get you a boyfriend at Whitewater and problem is solved.

  4. Spring break is now over, problem is solved! Save the post until next year.

  5. The contrary: I'm glad I don't have to deal with anybody else during my break so I can do just that (take a break). Take advantage of what you have now. If you don't like the way that your schedule pans out you have the power to change that anytime you want.

  6. I heard the reason why they do that is so that places where students go for Spring Break aren't so packed with kids from all over the United States but rather they have a few at one time and some more the next week and so on... I hope this help explain it!