College students envy university winter break
HAILEY GAJADHAR, CONTRIBUTOR
Now that December is finally upon us, the countdown to the last day of school is on. Winter break is something that all students look forward to. But students at Red River College will be at school for longer than the students at The University of Winnipeg.
“It’s my favourite time of the year,” said Erin Richard, 23. As a nursing student at Red River College, Richard said she is busy with schoolwork, but welcomes the break that she gets over the holidays.
“I get excited for home cooked meals, getting together with friends and family, and just having a bit of time to relax,” said Richard.
Some students at Red River College may feel like they are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to time off during winter break.
The last day of classes for students at RRC is Dec. 11., ten days later than students at the University of Winnipeg. For students at the University of Winnipeg, classes end Dec. 1. The University of Manitoba has a break that is much like Red River College. The last day of classes for the University of Manitoba is Dec. 9.
RRC has exams from Dec. 14-18. This is significantly shorter than both the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. The University of Winnipeg has their exams from Dec. 8-21, and the University of Manitoba has their exam period from Dec. 11-23.
“This really doesn’t bother me if I’m being honest. I need the extra time in the classroom,” said student Jordan LeClair, 21. “I see my professor flipping through slides faster and faster everyday just to fit everything in.”
LeClair, a student from the University of Manitoba, explains that the extra time in the classroom may benefit students because they have more time to cover the topics they need to know for exams.
The University of Manitoba and the University Winnipeg have integrated new fall reading weeks for their students this past year. According to the University of Winnipeg, classes will start a day earlier in the fall in order to not lose any academic days.
RRC has nothing equivalent to these fall reading weeks, and the students start classes a week earlier than both universities do in the fall.