Cristian Valentin

Equinox Staff

This week, students returned from Summer break recharged, refreshed and ready for the new school year. As students, we are all familiar with the benefits of this time off; however, some argue over whether the time off is really necessary. I say that the time off is very much needed.

One reason that summer is needed is because it stops students from getting too burnt out. Students, by the end of the year, will often be running on fumes, and if they had to just keep going after finals, it would seriously affect their mental health. Seattle Times writer Danny Westneat said, “When school ended two weeks ago, I noticed my kids seemed almost instantly healthier and more engaged with what was going on around them. Less weary.”

According to a survey from the Anxiety And Depression Association of America, 30 percent of college students reported that stress had negatively affected their academic performance and 85 percent of college students reported that they felt overwhelmed by everything they had to do at some point in the year. If students did not have a break between semesters, then these numbers would only go up and the problems would just get worse for students.

Another reason why the summer is so valuable is because it allows you to spend time with family and friends back home. As a student that lives on campus, I was only able to go home a couple of times per semester last year, which meant I did not see my family very much. When I did go back it was only for a couple days at a time, which made it hard to see everybody I wanted to. During the summer, however, I had time to see all of the people I wanted to see and fully catch up.

If there wasn’t a break between semesters, students would also be deprived of one of the most important things: connections. Students need to see people they’ve already bonded with but do not attend school, allowing them to maintain those connections. The chance to reform important bonds will increase their chances of success, since being close to more people means having more connections.

Breaks between semesters are also important because students are able to work a full time schedule so that they have money for the coming semester. It is extra valuable for students that have very busy schedules who don’t have time to work. This is because a CNBC survey says that 80 percent of students are helping pay for their college bills.  If students did not get the time between semesters to make money then some may not even be able to go.

Because I had the time between semesters to destress, make money, and see my friends and family, I came back to school after the summer recharged and ready to take on the new semester.

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