Reading Week. Spring Break. Winter Break. Whatever you want to call it, it’s here! Many of you are also in the midst of midterms, happening before and after the break. And because of all the weather this week, I’m guessing many of them have gotten pushed back. This is a little disappointing, but what isn’t disappointing is that when you come back after the break, you’ll only have SIX WEEKS LEFT OF CLASSES! First years will be bumped up to that second year status, seconds years will have half their degree completed, third years will be entering their final year and counting down until X-ring, and the fourth years will be graduating (for the majority of students). This is the home-stretch!
I know most of you will be studying this spring break, being bright scholars that you are (winks), BUT don’t forget to take it all in and be proud of yourself for making it this far! This is a break to relax and give you the motivation and *umph* that you’ll need to finish out the academic year.
There are many different things that Reading Week is spent for like visiting family, sleeping, travelling, napping, working, sleeping, studying, and perhaps a good nap. Some people are very productive and try to get a large portion of their thesis done (me, hopefully) and other relax and go travel the world (me, I wish).
To keep you going, here are some fun facts and moments to remember in 2017:
- Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the U.S. on January 20th, marking the start of his four-year term.
- One day later on January 21st, millions of people worldwide joined the Women’s March in response to the inauguration of Donald Trump. 408 marches were reported in the U.S. and 168 in other countries; becoming the largest single-day protest in American history and the largest worldwide protest in recent history.
- According to the Chinese calendar, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. China celebrated its New Year on January 28th. The lucky colors for the year are gold, brown and yellow, while lucky numbers are 5, 7 and 8.
- In April, it’ll have been 20 whole years since Ellen DeGeneres came out to the world on that iconic Timecover.
- The U.N. has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The initiative aims to educate people how international tourism helps understand different cultures and the heritage of other civilizations.
- A total solar eclipse will take place on August 21st. It will be visible for the first time in the contiguous U.S. in nearly four decades, the last time being on Feb. 26, 1979. The 2017 eclipse will be the first with a path of totality crossing the country’s Pacific coast and Atlantic coast since 1918. The maximum duration of totality will be around 2 minutes and 41.6 seconds.
PS, go take a nap. You deserve it.