I can’t speak for everyone when I say this, I went to school in Maryland so I’m sure the procedures are different, but from elementary to high school we always got the day after Halloween off. They would say some b.s. about it being the end of the grading period or whatever, but we always got it off. Now that we are in college and going to parties all weekend, wouldn’t it have been nice to sleep in Monday?
Maybe they don’t give us the day off for this exact reason, to try to persuade us not to drink and party on Sunday (which was actually Halloween day). But do they think that Halloween is going to stop just because we have class? They have heard of thirsty Thursday, right? I’m not saying we need every Friday off, but the Monday after Halloween doesn’t seem like too much to ask.
We don’t get Martin Luther King day off. We don’t get Columbus day off. Heck, I’m surprised we get Christmas off! So would one day really be too much to ask? It’s not like we’re at our prime learning potential when we have to fight to keep our eyes open and our heads up trying to listen to what the teacher says. And as for the ones who couldn’t make it to class today, let’s cut them a break and just let it slide because heck, it was Halloween.
This doesn’t just affect the students either. Many professors have young children who like to go out and Trick-or-Treat. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind being able to sleep in a few hours after walking miles and miles to get all the candy they possibly can for their children. They were up all night and now they have to not only have a lesson plan prepared, but they have to be bright and cheery for their less than attentive students.
For those students who didn’t go out and didn’t Trick-or-Treat, well wouldn’t you like a day off from classes too? I know I love it whenever I get an e-mail from a teacher saying we don’t have class for whatever reason. It makes my day so much better than it was before. Don’t we all deserve a little happiness as we’re trying to avoid loud noises, sudden movements and sunlight?
The day after Halloween weekend should be a Radford University instated holiday; we deserve a little time to recuperate before we have to start doing work again. If we got this day off, we could actually get some sleep and maybe even accomplish something during the rest of the week. But going from tired to exhausted by the time Friday rolls around just means we won’t be able to resist the temptation of sleeping in until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, thus forcing us to be unproductive bums.
Yes, we all make bad decisions and we should be held accountable for them, but couldn’t someone give us a break for the decisions we make over Halloween weekend?