Fall Reading Week
The Central Student Association explored the possibility of introducing a reading week in the Fall semester at the University of Guelph, that which would have likely included the October Thanksgiving holiday. A reading week would provide students with a break from the hustle and bustle of university. This can do wonders for the mental well-being of many.
The benefits of a reading week include:
- An opportunity for you to catch up with readings (and for faculty to catch up with marking and lesson plans), and other assignments you otherwise may have thought impossible to complete.
- Time to re-evaluate your semester.
- Time to consider dropping a course if you need to, as this week is close to the 40th drop date.
- A chance to begin applying for summer jobs.
- An eased transition for first-year students. This is often their first time going home since starting university.
- Many more possibilities; what would you do with your time?
Many universities across the province are seeing the benefits a fall reading week could introduce to its students, faculty, and workers.
- Guelph-Humber Fall Reading Week Debate
- Mental Health Crisis at Ontario Universities, MacLeans Magazine
For a summary of the Fall Reading Week campaign's efforts, click here.