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Are Webb students ever truly free from work on breaks?

Heloise Robertson (’23)
WSC sophomores take notes diligently about a historical timeline during their American Society, Past & Present course. The board displays the words “No Homework Over Break,” an exciting message that students appreciate. “It’s necessary in the times between the breaks because we work so hard,” Viraj Nigam (‘23) said. “We don’t want to burn out.”

The clock ticks slowly forward until the moment arrives. G block has just reached its end, and boarders can barely contain themselves as they shove clothes and toiletries into suitcases, ready to fly away into a week-long break.  

As they settle into their homes and vacation spots, a small notification breaks their Thanksgiving break haze: a Canvas notification. 

Webb’s strict policy not to assign homework over breaks ensures that students are relaxing during their well-deserved days away from school.  

“[The] policy is that students should not have any work due the first rotation of classes back from break,” said Sarah Lantz, Dean of Students. “You can’t assign homework over break.” 

Although teachers adhere to this policy, most students will find that their Canvas calendars are dotted with summative assignments that all seem to line up during the three-week period between Thanksgiving and Winter break.  

This begs the question: can a student fully relax and fulfill all their academic commitments when deadlines and responsibilities are impending? Or do those sneaky Canvas assignments only create anxiety? Do we need to begin studying or drafting that essay while our families eat juicy slices of turkey? 

The schedule itself makes perfect sense. As Thanksgiving break occurs just three weeks before a much longer Winter break, these three weeks are full of holiday parties, last-minute homework stress, and quick moments to reconnect with friends and teachers.  

However, with the semester ending only two weeks after students come back to school from break, it only makes sense to push a few class finals to the end of December, leaving students with no choice but to either throw themselves straight into late nights of studying or prioritize sleep by beginning assignments over break. 

The timing of the breaks and the deadlines looms over our heads, making it impossible for students to grapple with this paradoxical “no-work” policy while also having multiple finals in the coming weeks. 

So, should we have some work over breaks? It seems that all these factors lead to a conclusion of assigning a small amount of work over breaks to not only better prepare students for their sudden return to schoolwork, but also to relieve them of some of the stress of summatives. 

“As a parent and a teacher, I don’t think it’s the worst thing to get a small assignment over break,” Dean Lantz said. “They might like to read, or do an IXL, not a ton of pressure.”  

However, we should recognize that there are some students that experience different workloads than others. Juniors are entering their first year as upperclassman, juggling multiple new classes and familiarizing themselves with the Advanced Studies course workload. Seniors need to work on college applications, facing the pressure of maintaining high grades, and grappling with the mixed feelings of growing up.  

There are many possible solutions to this policy of no work over breaks, but as the end of the semester nears, it is difficult to feel anything but anxiety with our final report cards constantly on our minds with each moment of poor performance in classes. 

We appreciate the effort to make our breaks relaxing and free of work, but perhaps instead of cramming finals into the three weeks before break, we could make use of the two week end to the semester in January, spreading out the humanities and STEM classes between the cumulative five weeks of classes. 

There was an effort to create a split and have the STEM courses push up their summatives to December, and have the humanities courses assign final essays during January, but unfortunately, this did not take place. Students continue to lack balance in their finals.  

We hope that students can use their break time wisely to reconnect with friends, family, and themselves. As winter break nears, try to take a moment to reflect, and catch up on sleep. The end of the semester may seem daunting, but with good study habits and leaning into our surrounding community, this obstacle is truly manageable.  

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Heloise Robertson
Heloise Robertson, Chief Copy Editor
Delightful and entertaining Heloise Robertson (‘23) is a cherished personality at Webb for her friendly face and hilarious jokes. Our new Chief Copy Editor is a secretly talented chef, a caring camp counselor, an avid fan of horror literature, and the Webb Canyon Chronicle’s fastest editor. She has learned the importance of teamwork and empathy through participating in basketball and cross country. If you need a hand, hers is out to pick you up. Her personal goals this year are to keep a healthy self-care routine, starting with making her bed every morning before school. Heloise’s vision board for journalism includes making sure every article is timely, ensuring that she spots every grammar mistake, and including the student body in the publication better. Knock on this Head Editor’s Jameson dorm room, and you’ll find her eating sushi, watching Despicable Me, and lying on her stuffed elephant.  “This Charming Man” by The Smiths 
Oma Sukul
Oma Sukul, Editor of Photography
One hundred kilometers an hour. Blink, and you’ll miss it. Hesitate, and it’s too late. But for Oma Sukul (‘23), Editor of Photography, it’s just another day of volleyball. Her lightning-fast reflexes not only help her as a varsity player out on the court, but they also enable her to capture spontaneous moments that are featured on the front page. However, Oma also treasures the slower parts of life. If one were to visit her home in Rancho Cucamonga, she would likely be found indulging in romance stories alongside her cat Lucky or singing along to Niel Diamond with her dad. She cherishes her connections with her friends and family, and you can always count on her to be genuine, friendly, and delightful in conversation. Born in Toronto, Canada, her transcontinental family means that she has roots spanning the Pacific Ocean. Contributing to dozens of articles last year, this year Oma seeks to further explore her creative side. Rediscovering her passion for the WCC's quizzes, she continues her quest to make the publication engaging and entertaining for all. One thing’s certain: whatever life throws at her, whatever the speed, you can count on Oma Sukul to spike it back with a smile.   Favorite song: “I am... I said” by Neil Diamond 

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