What are the two favourite words of every student in Canada? That’s right – “reading week”. And while the core idea of it is for the students to do the readings assigned by their professors and prepare for the upcoming exams, it’s also important to have good rest for the next part of the semester.
Travelling to warmer destinations is something that students often try to do during the mid-term break.
“This reading week was quite unusual for me as I spent it in Cuba with my friend,” says Daria Korshunova, Bachelor of Commerce student at Humber College.
Korshunova described this past week as one of the best short breaks from school she’s ever had.
“I spent it enjoying the sunshine, wonderful beaches and beautiful weather. Besides relaxing and sunbathing, we had a chance to explore the town and learn a lot about the culture and history of the country. … A week away from the books and papers helped me feel relief and refresh my mind. Now I feel recharged and ready to go back to school.”
Another Commerce student, Taebin Park, did a bit of travelling too. However, it was nothing like resting on a warm and sunny beach. He went skiing to the Blue Mountain resort. Surrounded by snowy rocks and wind, Park enjoyed the winter activities to the fullest with his friends. He shared one adventurous encounter.
“One of the trip’s members went to a path of medium level difficulty. She lost control and couldn’t stop herself, so she slid all the way down to the bottom line. We couldn’t even catch her because she was too fast. Luckily, there was a protection bar gate.”
Reading week isn’t always adventuresome and entertaining. Sometimes, it’s another reason to realize how much you miss home, family and friends. Park reconnected with friends from South Korea to spend time together.
“There’s a cultural tradition we have back home, where the older ones invite the younger ones for dinner. I joined my friends for a meal and playing board games.”
Now the students are back as colleges reopen their doors for the last bit of the Winter 2020 academic year.