Spring break burdens students with work

Amber Matha, Editor in chief

Do you have senioritis?

Are you looking forward to spring break and basking in the warm Georgia sun?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, don’t worry!

Your course work is going to triple this week!

My life feels like a really bad QVC (Quite Vexing Coursework) infomercial right now.

Next week is spring break.

There are fewer than 80 days until graduation.

To say I am excited to be done with my time at Mercyhurst and move on to the next chapter of my life is an understatement.

I have had my fair share of hard weeks — think 200+ pages of dense reading for Honors IDST Cold War freshman year — but this one is a doozy.

I have two midterms Thursday and a take-home exam due by Friday.

In a cruel special buy-three-get-three-free deal, I also have two papers to write and a presentation to give.

All of this is due before spring break.

At least my professors decided to waive the shipping and handling fees.

But that’s not all!

Like many people, I am going out of town for spring break where I am going to get zero, yes, zero things on my to-do list done.

I have another presentation to give the day after spring break, so I might as well lump that work in with my week’s worth of workload.

Suck it up, Amber, you might say.

Just spread your work out throughout the week.

I would love to. However, Tuesdays are strictly for editing the Merciad, so that is one full weekday out of the running to get work done.

Between classes, I am reading pages, all 16 of them, and making the correct edits to make the paper as flawless as possible.

This takes until roughly 8:30 p.m., if I’m lucky.

For me, the rest of my week is pretty wide open but I know that is because I am fortunate enough to have a light schedule this semester.

My left hand, since she is a leftie, Managing Editor Cheyanne Crum, is subscribing to the same QVC deal as me.

After missing nearly a week of classes to attend a conference in Seattle, not only does she have last week’s work to complete, but also this week’s, which includes two exams on top of being sick.

Embedded in all of this is a grad school phone interview.

I know we are not alone in our struggles.

With the stresses of waiting to hear back from grad school (which should hopefully happen this week or next) and the stresses of our course work, I am surprised that my hair has not started to fall out.

The silver lining to all of this is, of course, that I am almost done.

This one week, once I get through it, will be a time that I will likely look back on with envy once I am drowning in graduate-level work with a whole new QVC package heading my way.