It’s that time of the semester–the time when students go partying, vacationing, relaxing…at least I hear that’s what they do. I’ve never had the traditional spring break trip to Florida, Padre Island, etc.; when I was an undergraduate, it was the time to catch up on reading (and to eat Mom’s cooking instead of dorm food). At Penn State, it was time to start working on the research paper due the next term, as we were on the quarter system–try to write a “publishable” research paper in 10 weeks without getting a head start during spring break. When I was working on my doctorate at the University of Houston, it was the time to work (it was also opening weekend at Six Flags Houston, where I worked in the Finance Department), as well as a time to catch up on homework/research papers.
And now that I’m a college professor–it’s a time to catch up. This coming week will involve gathering information for program review (yippee–assessment!), but there will also be a bit of pleasure. Depending upon the weather (always an important consideration in Pennsylvania this time of year), it will include a short excursion later next week to the land of pretzels and outlets…a trip to Reading to restock on food, clothes (for my mother), and, of course, a visit to the Historical Society of Berks County for research (time permitting). In the meantime, it’s a time to recharge the batteries, so to speak–as if the four snow days this semester haven’t provided me with enough time off already.
So–the question is…is spring break really necessary? Certainly my colleagues who are spending spring break in England think so…and, in my case, I think this year I will, too. I will try make sure that it will include some play and not all work. Any suggestions?