To Read or Not to Read

What did LU students really get up to over the break?

By Emily Macdonald, Staff Writer

Some view reading week as a time to relax, kick back, and start working on essays, but is this the common experience? With this being the perfect season for winter activities and a great opportunity for spending time with friends, what do Lakehead students really do during the break?

William Sorley graduated from Lakehead Thunder Bay’s Concurrent Education program. He tended to spend his reading weeks travelling, when possible. Sorley also acknowledged that, some years, he would just spend his reading week relaxing in Thunder Bay and enjoying the break.

Fourth year student, Christine Green, decided to stay in Thunder Bay over this past reading week. She spent a large portion of her reading week working on her thesis, but also had the opportunity to look for local housing. The reading week period provided the time for Green and her brother to find a great place to live for their BEd professional years.

First-year Orillia student, Melissa Lapointe, happened to be home, though she commented that she had no free time to enjoy the break as she was left with a massive amount of homework and work activities. As a criminology major and employed student, her life can get pretty busy.

Student, Michael Abernathy, decided to adopt a pet snail during reading week and has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of his new friend, who will be named Albus. He also spent a significant amount of time practicing for his upcoming lead role in Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat which will be opening in early April at Orillia’s St. Paul’s Centre.

Reading week looks different for a lot of students. Some prioritize self-care and relaxation, while others spend their time catching up on extracurricular activities, school or professional work. With the semester rapidly passing by, reading week is a beneficial time for all of us — time that seems to also pass rapidly, no matter how you spend it.