Reading week is just around the corner, and while SAIT students are eager for the break, many will use the time to catch up on homework.
Following Alberta’s Family Day statutory holiday on Feb. 15, reading week runs from Feb. 16-19, giving students a nine-day break from classes.
Sarah Letwin, a first-year New Media Production and Design (NMPD) student at SAIT, said the time off will provide students with a mental health break.
“Some students, like myself, still have schoolwork to complete over the break,” she said, “but at least there aren’t classes on top of the workload.”
Reading week was established to give students the opportunity to relieve stress accumulated over the school year, and students typically use the time to relax, catch up on sleep or catch up on homework.
When she is feeling stressed out, she lays out her project deadlines and organizes them in the order in which they are due, Letwin said.
“I also factor into account how long it will take to complete each assignment,” she said.
“I think I will benefit from the time off because I have ongoing projects that require a lot of time to be put into them.”
Fellow first-year student Tyson Gernack said he deals with stress by eating.
“It’s not the best way to deal with stress,” he said, “but that’s how I deal with it.”
For reading week Gernack intends to do homework, but also plans to travel to Drumheller with his wife.
“This break will help students because it helps reduce stress from finals coming up,” he said.
Gernack also hopes the break will give him a fresh perspective on his program and provide him with the confidence to get through the school year.
Ethan Ror, also an NMPD student, said his break will be divided between homework, sleep and skateboarding.
“I plan on squeezing in as much boarding as possible, but I will take advantage of the extra time to dress up my designs,” he said
The best part of reading week is not having any obligations, he said.
“You can do what you want, when you want,” Ror said.