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?