Reading* Week

It’s here! I survived! I made it to reading week. And with you all as my witnesses, I am going to read like no one has read before.

I’m going to read on the bus. I’m going to read in my bedroom. Heck, I might even read until 2 in the afternoon on Wednesday if I feel like it.

But seriously… I actually have quite a lot of work to do, and excessive reading may not be the best way to go about spending my week off. Having 7 days free from classes is actually one of the greatest tests of willpower a busy undergrad can face. If, like me, this is your first reading week, you’ll soon come to find that your schedule is going to fill up pretty quickly—if it hasn’t already.

While I did not have this week off last year (I had 3 months instead…), I still vicariously experienced the insanity that is reading week. Friends came home from their respective schools, and pretty soon I had something going on nearly every night. Believe me, after not doing much for a month and a half (other than sleeping in until noon and occasionally being yelled at by Tony Horton), having all of these plans was exhausting.

Now that I’ve been going full force in school—researching papers, writing midterms and getting no sleep—I’m actually a little intimidated by this week of freedom. It’s going to be a lot of fun, but I’m worried that I’ll screw up my sleep pattern (more so than it already is) and accomplish little to nothing, creating more stress for myself when this period of respite is over.

If you’re in the same boat as me, there are a few things you can do that might help you accomplish something this break—instead of digging yourself an early grave for the four weeks to follow. OK, that might be a bit harsh, but you get the point.

  1. Don’t overextend yourself. This tip harkens back to a blog I wrote earlier in August. Everyone that you have not seen since Christmas (or before that) will want to try and hang out with you (you popular person, you). Realize that there may not be time for everyone. It’s sad, but it’s realistic. Better not to make too many plans lest you let someone down.
  2. Be responsible. I don’t mean that you have to stay at home with your cat and watch daytime television for the next week, but make sure you don’t party too hard or you’ll find you might end up missing out on a lot more of the break than you had anticipated.
  3. Try to do something productive. Alright, this is the most difficult thing you’ll have to attempt to do during your time off. While it will be good for you to relax this the week, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice by not doing a little work. Look at it this way: doing it now means you won’t have to do it the week after when you’re back in class.

Anyway, I have a lot of reading to catch up on. And if by this point in my post you did not follow my clever little asterisk, reading means sleeping.

To find out if I crack open a book this week, you can follow me here.

* for the purposes of this blog, the word “read” and any variation of the word (e.g. reading) now carries the same definition as the word “sleep.” Because I’m funny like that.

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