Ahh…Spring break: a time for students to take a week away from school to do something, anything, other than schoolwork. Some students might be visiting family for the holiday or perhaps visiting college campuses in anticipation of the years after high school. At schools which take there break this week, many are probably sleeping in as you read this, whether it is ten o’clock in the morning or ten o’ clock at night. Easily, Spring Break can be perceived as the last time in the school year that we all get to take a week off from the ever-so-disdained schoolwork.
For myself , I had music to practice for band, for quartet, and for a performance for community service. I had bookwork to do for English, as well as a test on that book to study for. In math, I had bookwork and practice questions for the AP test. In history, I had a slew of about 200 questions on a study guide to peruse after reading nearly 50 pages of text, and a research paper to write: all eleven pages of it. In science, I had about 40 pages of text to take notes on, and problems assigned to be turned in on Monday. Not to mention that AP test studying and college research is a part of my schedule. My planner looks disgustingly crammed, like it might blow up from homework indigestion. At least I can say that I’ve finished my journalism homework now…you’re reading it.
I bet that you’d hate to be me.
Okay. So about half of that pile sitting up there was self-assigned. Am I particularly motivated? Perhaps. But it proves the point: Spring Break is not quite a break for me.
But take note of one word: HAD.
The thing I have found is that if I do all of my homework the first three days, I end up with the remainder of the week to do, well, nothing. I can sleep in, I can chat online, and I can go out with my friends…the possibilities are endless. Rather than having all my free time at the beginning and procrastinating in the last 48 hours, I saved the best for last.
I must say that I savored that last little bit. There’s nothing to worry about. Amazing.
On that note, I hope this motivates you to get some of your own hefty workload out of the way. It might have sense to just enjoy Spring Break while it lasted and forget about the work until it became absolutely necessary and demanding of your time. Maybe not. I cannot claim to understand this logic (or illogic). But I think of it this way: If I work fast and zip through it, I actually returned to school feeling like I had a break. Did you?
Or did you not sleep that Sunday night?
Imagine. You had a week of rest and you returned to school looking worse than ever. I wonder what teachers think.
I guess there’s also the option of not doing your homework at all. It’s your choice.
But to me, there’s always the one needle that’s less painful than the other needles. I choose to finish my homework and enjoy what I have left of Spring Break.
Ahhh. No more homework.
Now, don’t you wish you were me?