Words and photograph by Mia Milosevic
Spring break began on Friday, April 19 and ends on Monday, April 29– which should be good news. However, instead of the usual excitement surrounding time off school, students are wondering why this week-long holiday falls so late in the semester and close to the end of the school year.
“Why do I want a break only 2 weeks before the semester is over?” wonders disgruntled international relations student Paul Root. “I really needed it earlier, maybe around mid-terms, not arbitrarily placed at such an awkward time in the semester.”
Other students expressed disappointment over missing out on spring break festivities their friends could enjoy, which usually take place earlier. “I was trying to coordinate a spring break trip with my friends who go to other schools,” complains Sabrina Cohen, a Grove school engineer. “Their breaks were close enough to where they could all go, and I’m the only one missing out. Instead of a fun trip to Florida, I get to spend break at home.”
The late break coincides with the New York City public school recess. But this schedule caters to kids aged pre-K through high school, taking into consideration religious holidays — in this case Passover, this year April 19-27, and Easter, April 21. In previous years, spring break took place April 10 – 18 and April 01 – 08 in 2017 and 2018 respectively, giving CUNY students a little more time in class after the break and before finals.
It is worth noting that while CUNY schools end the semester only about two weeks after the end of spring break, K-12 schools will be in session for an additional six weeks. While this calendar seems perfect for school aged children, it is less than ideal for college students.“I get that we’re a public school, but how hard would it be to make an academic calendar for us college students?” asks Root. “It doesn’t make sense that we follow the K12 calendar when no other college does that.”
Root seems to be speaking many when he says: “It’s absolutely ridiculous and pointless. They may as well have just ended the semester a week early.”