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Students are crumbling under pre-Thanksgiving workload

Photo illustration by Antelope Staff

At this point in the semester, many of us students are feeling burnt out and simply trying to make it through. The past few months of working tirelessly in classes, on homework and at work have caught up to us. Breaks have been minimal, if at all, and having time to catch a breath has yet to happen.

Burnout season is upon us.

A glimmer of hope peaks through as Thanksgiving break starts to get close. Then, that hope is squashed when coursework piles on even higher and our break is no longer a break. 

Professors should respect students’ holiday breaks and not assign homework.

Exhaustion has set in for many of us students and the final few weeks of the semester are demanding. Stresses and pressures pile on as classes near their end. Having time off at this point in the semester is necessary so we can get back on our feet and push to the end.

When teachers assign homework over break or make assignments due right when we come back, we aren’t able to refuel. It makes it even more difficult to keep going strong when we can’t even get a breather when we are on break.

Once students come back for break, it’s a few short weeks until finals. Those last few weeks are jam-packed with studying for final exams and finishing up projects. Most classes are still held during dead week, so our schedules don’t allow time to catch a breath.

If professors respect students’ Thanksgiving vacation, it will allow students to hone in during the last weeks and put their best foot forward since they were able to recuperate.

Thanksgiving break is one of the rare times we get to spend time with our family and friends during the semester. Our staff knows from experience how coursework can make it hard to be present with our loved ones. Since we’ve reached the point in our life where we don’t get to spend much time with our family, we want to fully relish in the little time we do get over break. Being able to put thoughts of our classes aside while on break allows us to take joy in our family’s presence.

As exciting as the holidays are for some, they can also bring out family stresses for others. Homework on top of that adds unnecessary strains.

Our team asks professors to help relieve students’ stress over break by giving them a break from homework. Save assignments and final projects for when we get back. This way, we can fully give it our all instead of hastily throwing something together in between spending time with our family.

The Antelope staff encourages students and professors who are able to use Thanksgiving break to relax and refuel. The final weeks of the semester are fast approaching, so give yourself time to recharge and finish strong.

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