The Weekly Ringer

The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

Staff Editorial: Fall into a Productive Break

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Fall Break is upon us once again as the weather turns from balmy 80 degree afternoons to cold, rainy days spent trudging through puddles and wishing for the coat you left at home.

It can be an excellent end to an otherwise taxing week spent studying for midterms. Some students might look to Fall Break as a light at the end of the tunnel, their reward for all those sleepless nights spent memorizing information, practicing presentations and slaving over papers.

While some students might be planning exciting adventures off-campus with friends and family, not everyone is able to spend Fall Break elsewhere. However, a stay-cation can be just as fun as a vacation, and even twice as useful.

Whether you need to catch up on your math homework or the latest season of “The Walking Dead” on Netflix, Fall Break yields endless possibilities for activities due to the exceptional amount of time available. With four days of freedom, you can do all the little chores and errands you keep putting off in favor of studying, as well as sleep in, hang out with friends and catch up on personal hobbies.

Reading for fun is one particular activity that college tends to squash. Over Fall Break, though, there is enough time to read an entire book, or maybe two if you’re quick. The best part is: you don’t have to form a thesis or be prepared to discuss the finer points of your novel of choice.

Cleaning your room might sound like the last thing you want to do with your spare time, but with four whole days to yourself, you can have your dorm room spic and span in a matter of hours without taking up too much of your vacation time. Put on some music and whip out the Swiffer, and before long you’ll be admiring the carpet that was hiding under all those stray papers and laundry. With a clean room, you can relax knowing there’s one less thing you have to worry about and spend more time focusing on what you can do next.

Next week, the paper will not run, but don’t worry! After all, The Bullet needs a break too.