By Katia Sist
As the fall semester comes to an end, Humber students are trying not to get too distracted by the Christmas spirit.
“I just keep telling myself that schoolwork is more important, I need the grades and I need to graduate. Christmas will always be there,” event management student Candice Nogueira says.
As exams and final assignments are taking up most of Humber students’ time, Christmas has been put on the back burner. Holiday sales and Christmas carols have pulled students’ attention away at times. Students have managed to prioritize their work, at least for the next two weeks.
“I’m definitely focused on finishing the semester. I’m more distracted by doing work than I am Christmas,” Nogueira says. “I almost forget about it because there’s so much going on and that’s kind of sad.”
Christmas and Black Friday sales have tempted students to stray away from their studies to begin their Christmas shopping. Through promotional emails and storefront displays, many have had to avoid looking at the sales or quickly get what they need from the stores and leave.
“When you’re driven and you have a lot to do, you’re going to keep doing it either way,” acting student Hailee Nora says.. “So even though I stopped at the store before and after school I still got my work done.”
Some students are overwhelmed by their heavy workloads, while others have made sure there is time to celebrate. Marketing and advertising student Sofia Acosta said she has managed her time to make sure there is room for decorations and holiday shopping.
“I’ve had a lot of extra time to do homework and a good amount of time to prepare for Christmas,” Acosta says.
In these last few weeks of the semester, students are eagerly awaiting their break, including of course, Christmas. Some have been forced to leave presents and party planning to the last minute, but Christmas carols on the radio and decorations bring some cheer.
“The last month of the semester is always super busy. It won’t feel like Christmas until the 17th when people start to go home. The whole month before, there’s so much to do,” Nora says. “You can feel the excitement boiling up. When you get home, you can finally feel it, the holidays have officially started!”