This year, there is no Reading Day during finals week.
Instead, we have finals from Monday to Friday.
I feel that this a horrible change, and for most students, it’s a disaster waiting to happen.
Reading Day gave students a way to clean up any unfinished business they had before finals, whether that business be a final bout of studying or getting in one last crucial conversation with a professor.
In essence, Reading Day gave students a full day to prepare themselves for finals, and replacing that with another day of finals is the opposite of a good move.
There’s also the issue of burnout.
As I said above, Reading Day offers a lot of us a chance to catch our breath before finals.
It may only be a single day, but it’s important to understand that for a lot of students on the verge of burnout, it’s a lifesaver.
Replacing Reading Day with another day of brutal finals is only going to hurt, not help those students.
I can’t think of many reasons why this would be a good decision.
For both students and professors, this means you’ll have to do more work over a longer period of time.
Reading Day was vital for both students and staff, and this change will only upset the both of them.
I fully understand that I don’t have the full picture here.
There may be a very good reason we don’t have Reading Day this year.
However, I’d argue that no matter what the reason is, it’s still a change that will negatively impact the students and staff of Mercyhurst University.