2.16.2010

reading week: my canadian acculuration continues

This is Reading Week. I have no idea what Reading Week is. I never heard of it before.

Last week, my profs announced there'd be no class next week because of Reading Week. Classmates asked me, What are you doing for Reading Week? I thought, What am I doing? I guess I'm not going to class.

It appears that Canadian universities and colleges give students a week off to catch up on studying, but most students - a lot of people, anyway - treat it as a vacation.

Both my classes are on the same day this term, so that means today I have one extra day to stay home. A nice little break. It's especially good timing since Allan and I worked a holiday overtime yesterday, and tomorrow is our appointment in Guelph with Cody. So I have a day in the middle to stay home and do schoolwork.

But everyone is making such a big fuss over it. I keep wondering if I'm missing something.

9 comments:

Amy said...

Is this the Canadian equivalent of Spring Break? Perhaps they just don't want to invite wild beach parties so they call it "Reading Week." Or do you also get a spring break? (Ours is not til March 13...sigh.)

L-girl said...

Is this the Canadian equivalent of Spring Break?

No, that's called March Break, comes the same time as your Spring Break.

L-girl said...

Although... my school doesn't have a March Break. All the public schools do, and many colleges and universities. Some Canadian will come along and clear this up for us. :)

Stephanie said...

Its true that for many students it is a really big deal. I equate it with Spring break in the US. That's likewise a big deal, no?

Profs and students alike look forward to the break for a chance to catch up on reading/research or simply recharge if you will so for some it is indeed a much awaited respite.

Maybe it has to do with surviving the winter blues. For many they will be preparing for mid-term exams that take place the week after the break so they will be studying even while on vacation.

In any case I have likewise been looking forward to this break from teaching, this year in particular, so that I can focus 100% of my time on my thesis.

Stephanie said...

March Break is for elementary and high schools (perhaps colleges too) but there is no other break before the end of term at University. So it really IS the Sprin/March break for University students.

L-girl said...

Ah-ha! Thank you, Stephanie!

Yes, Spring Break is definitely a big deal in the US.

As a part-time student, this "week off" doesn't mean much to me. I'm sure if I were a full-time student or teaching, it would!

johngoldfine said...

Some of my online students use our break (this week) as a chance to catch up with online stuff they've scanted up to now (we're only 4 weeks into the semester, f'heavensake.) So, they're writing, I'm reading and commenting. Beats doing my taxes.....

Steve said...

Reading week is so that student's don't kill themselves.

loribeth said...

When I went to university (in Manitoba in the early 1980s), it was popularly known as "Ski Week." ; )