Five Things That Happen When We Have a Day Off

After the low-key panic of class registration (for those of us not fortunate enough to be seniors or engineers), it’s nice to have a day off. Nobody would ever say “no” to a break, no matter how small. However, coming into the week knowing that you have a day with no classes smack dab in the middle can really mess with your head and — more importantly — your productivity.

Here are five things that inevitably happen when you have a day off during the week:

1. Your Sunday is less productive than ever
Sure, in theory you know it’s Sunday, which, for most people, is the day to catch up on homework. When we have a day off, the same, lethargic vibe is in the air all around campus, with hardly a person seen walking the grounds. At the back of your mind, you consider the extra day off a shining beacon of relaxation. So, on Sunday, you put off your assignments hour after hour until the sun has already set. You continue watching episodes of a show on Netflix, and soon you find that you’ve wasted away the entire Sunday afternoon. Not to worry, though. There’s obviously enough time to work on those few dozen assignments later, right?

2. You start making plans for Tuesday night
All your friends want to go out on Tuesday, just to have some fun. And who are you to say, “no”? You don’t have any pressing responsibilities such as classes the next day. When your friends ask if you want to visit them at other colleges, you spout out a yes without even considering the time logistics and what exactly you’re planning on doing. Very rarely is Tuesday night a night for fun and hanging out, so you’ll take all the opportunities that pop up in stride and deal with the repercussions later.

3. Overloading on things to do on your day off
Four Facebook invites to events on campus pop up, and they all happen to be happening on the day off. Because you’re free the whole day (save some club obligations, which also happen to fall on that afternoon), you end up accepting all invites. There’s no rule that says accepting the invitation means you have to show up — you just want to keep your options open. The day off, which should most likely be used to catch up on work, prepare for the rest of the week, or get some much needed sleep, is suddenly dwindled down to running all over the place trying to do as much as possible. Suitemates want to bake a cake? You’re there. Best friend needs to get a new dress? You’re already on the T. Your energy dwindles throughout the day, and there’s no way you’re going to finish that essay that’s due the next day at noon.

4. You have no real urge to save your sleep schedule
I’m not going to lie; my sleep schedule has slowly started shifting back hour by hour. It’s not even all due to work, but somehow by the time my head hits the pillow, it’s already 3am. On the top of my to-do list is to get my sleep schedule back on track. Unfortunately, my brain doesn’t realize I have a day off and continues to utilize my weird sleep schedules even when I have the opportunity to go to bed early and sleep in. Obviously I can use that day to catch up, or switch around my sleeping hours. And I’ll be so tired by the end of the day sleep will come easily! Yeah, nice try, brain – the sleep isn’t a priority when it comes to days off and I’ll be sleeping at dawn once more.

5. The day after feels like another Monday.
All your responsibilities come flooding back the next morning, and all our weary faces struggle to drag ourselves to our morning classes — some people more successful than others.

Can Thanksgiving just arrive already? I think we’re all ready for an actual break.


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