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What do you guys usually do for spring break?

  1. Mar 16, 2014 #1

    462chevelle

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    What do you guys usually do for spring break? I can't get myself to quit studying, but i don't know if that will be a bad thing in the long run. Do most people relax and catch up to their sleep, to get refreshed for the second half of the semester?
     
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  3. Mar 17, 2014 #2

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    What are you studying for if you're on spring break?
    --- are you prepping for a GRE?
    --- studying stuff you've already learned?
    --- getting ready for the next semesters courses?
    --- studying something that you're curious about and always wanted to learn?
    --- studying to impress and prepare a life with your future fiance?

    select all that apply.

    Are you being driven by a fear of doing poorly? or are you worried about something and can't let go of studying?

    Most people enjoy the break catch up on some reading, play video games, go out with friends, go on a roadtrip or all of these options.

    In my case, years ago I would work additional hours for the money which was good for the long-term but bad for the short-term as I had few friends to visit and had some burnout that delayed my graduate studies for 10 years.
     
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  4. Mar 17, 2014 #3

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    Go to the Lab. +__+
     
  5. Mar 17, 2014 #4
    Many years ago, I worked entirely through spring break. I had to. I got near the lowest mark in class in the midterm exam in two (out of three) courses
     
  6. Mar 17, 2014 #5

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    I'm mostly studying calculus, physics, linear algebra, and practicing with python. while not really taking any of these classes. im preparing for the future. i have a fear of getting behind. I have gotten into the habit of not actually studying for the classes im taking. but that isnt effecting me so far grade wise. still taking easy classes. trig, bio, geography, and computer info. burnout is what im afraid of. i dont know if ill be better off already knowing the material and being burnt out. or if i dont know the material as well and not burnt out.
     
  7. Mar 17, 2014 #6

    Pythagorean

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    In Ontario, they call it reading week because it's not really a break; it's catch-up.
     
  8. Mar 17, 2014 #7

    WannabeNewton

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    I'm going to play Bioshock Infinite non-stop until my eyes give out. Only ~2 more weeks left before break...I just have to get through some exams >.<
     
  9. Mar 17, 2014 #8

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    Absolutely true. And in Ontario (at least when I was a student), reading week was typically held in mid-February instead of March.
     
  10. Mar 18, 2014 #9
    Depends on your major. If you're a science major, it's catch up week. Otherwise, you probably have time to waste.
     
  11. Mar 18, 2014 #10

    Pythagorean

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    I knew I picked the wrong major...
     
  12. Mar 18, 2014 #11

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    In the UK reading weeks are a nice bonus for science students giving them more free time (in undergrad degrees at least). As there are no lectures that frees up more time to do lab work and if planned properly, more leisure time. If you're a humanities student it means you don't have lectures because you have a tonne of reading to do.

    I have good memories of being an undergrad during a reading week and being able to go to the pub with other scientists in the afternoon/evening because we got everything done in the day. Then I'd go home to a house of humanities students that would be in the same position as I left them in the morning: reading a pile of books and taking copious notes.
     
  13. Mar 18, 2014 #12

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    i think, i have decided to get ready to go to the drag races this weekend. were going to see how this beast works with spray at the track.
     

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  14. Mar 18, 2014 #13
    I am replying back. I worked through spring break after disastrous midterms later in grad school. The first time, I was doing OK. I spent one day working on homework, and then decided I'm taking a bus back to my hometown for the remaining 5-6 days. Things were OK. (I'm not that big a grind)
     
  15. Mar 23, 2014 #14

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    Well the Vega had some nitrous issues. I got in 11 passes in the Malibu though.
     

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  16. Mar 23, 2014 #15
    Mine's already over, and I've spent it studying for my qualifier exam. Next year I plan on doing something fun though - if I make it that far!
     
  17. Mar 23, 2014 #16

    462chevelle

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    i probably should have studied a little but i think im ahead enough to be ok.
     
  18. Mar 25, 2014 #17

    Dembadon

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    I work in the yard! Spring break, for me, is a great time to prepare for summer weather.

    We've been wanting a fire pit in the back yard for about a year now, so I found an old washing machine at a junkyard, removed the inner tub, and then buried about 3/4 of it underground. I then snagged some extra rocks from the front yard and arranged them to conceal the rest of the tub that was above ground.

    There were also some pretty windy days a few weeks ago that broke part of our fence. I bought some wood and repaired/reenforced it so it doesn't topple into our neighbor's yard.

    The last thing I did was to get rid of all the annoying patches of crabgrass on our front lawn. I pulled it all up and gave the soil some good seed and fertilizer. Should be green by the time summer rolls around!
     
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  19. Mar 26, 2014 #18
    Studying for exams.

    My results will dictate whether or not i'm accepted onto an MPhys program with a research placement - Which I really want!
     
  20. Mar 26, 2014 #19
    Homework
     
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