Break buzz-kill: pre-break homework overloads students

Sara Bluhm, Photography Editor

It’s the week before break. Your teachers have kindly decided not to assign homework over this week of bliss—but there’s a catch. Instead, you receive mountains of assignments due before break. Do they have a minimum quota of busy work to assign before break? Is it really so important that we cover all this information now? Whatever the reason, it doesn’t make you feel better about having four assignments for  just one of your eight classes to complete in the next two days.  So there you sit at your laptop—reading three chapters for history (which easily makes up half of the textbook) and completing a seven-page, formal lab write-up, eyes twitching as you sip a sugary, caffeinated beverage. Why must our teachers spring inordinate loads of homework upon us as soon as break comes in sight? Why do we refuse to acknowledge said work until the night before it is due? If you’ve never faced the reality of pre-break assignment overload, there are only two logical reasons. One: you are repressing traumatic memories, or two: you’re lying to yourself. So, what gives? Well, the answer is simple. Your teachers do. But hey, at least you won’t have any work over the break.