Reading Week: Taming Your Instincts

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Sarah Nantais

Sarah Nantais

Sarah Nantais is a Virtual Help Desk Navigator at Campus Manitoba. She contributes to "The Navigator," our monthly blog focused on student life.

You’ve been working hard. Really hard. You’ve survived one semester worth of midterms and final exams. Even if you just started in January, you’ve worked your way through the content

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like a boss and now it’s time to take a little break. What’s that they say? All work and no play makes Jack/Jill a dull boy/girl? No doubt your eyes are fiercely glued to that magical time in many a post-secondary student’s life when you get to cast off the shackles of higher education and go run wild, preferably somewhere warm.

That’s right! Reading Week, or Spring Break, is nearly upon us! How many of you have a countdown going on? Maybe you’ve already made plans with your friends to take off to somewhere where there’s a beach not covered in snow. Perhaps you’re heading back home to see your folks because let’s face it, we can all miss our families no matter how old we get. There are some important things you need to consider before making the most of this sacred time.

Mind The Dates

Like we’ve said before, we like you. Because we like you we did all the hard work to gather up the reading week dates for the 12 major institutions in Manitoba. When possible, we’ve provided a direct link so you can confirm it, just in case you don’t believe us. One thing you’ll notice is that not all the institutions have break at the same time. This means if you are trying to make plans with your friends who go to a different school, you might run into some roadblocks. Never fear, though! Where there’s a will, there’s a way! Most of the dates overlap and for those that don’t, maybe your escape to another country will have to be revamped to a closer weekend away.

Mind Your Manners

While parts of you might just be itching to toss all your responsibilities out the window and let yourself go completely wild, we’d like to caution you a bit. Not to put a damper on your escapades, but you’ve got to remember to be responsible. We don’t mean you have to be in bed by 9pm and make sure you eat balanced all week (although eating well is a really good idea).

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Pay Attention to the rules

Spring break is definitely the time to allow yourself to be adventurous, but we also don’t want you getting into trouble. Here are a few simple things to keep in mind to help your vacation go off without a hitch:

  • Do you actually have homework assigned? Do it before you leave. Then you can party without guilt.
  • Look up what behaviours are expected from guests if you’re traveling to another country or staying in a resort. Manners will get you further than being a jerk.
  • If you’re in a foreign country or even a strange city, try not to travel alone. It’s a safety issue.
  • Don’t overdrink. Alcohol poisoning isn’t fun. Neither is getting arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
  • Be safe. Don’t make us explain this one.

We want you to have fun. Go out there and explore yourself and that big wide world. We just want you to come back. Make sure you let your family and friends know your travel plans like when you expect to leave, where you’re going and when you expect to be back. This will give them peace of mind as well as let you feel a bit more responsible.

See? Adulting isn’t so bad.

About “The Navigator”

“The Navigator” is a monthly blog about student life by the Campus Manitoba Virtual Help Desk. Check back monthly to find more tidbits of wisdom with “The Navigator”. You’ll be sure to find all kinds of information that will help you be successful in your educational journey. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news and information!