How to Make the Most Out of Reading Week

Posted by Rebecca on February 12, 2016

A YU Perspective

Below-zero temperatures and midterms got you down? Here’s a little something to cheer you up: Reading Week!

Woman sitting excitedly in a chair


As you probably know, during Reading Week (from February 13 to 19), despite its studious name, no classes are held at the University. Yes, a week off from official schoolwork! No more alarms, heavy knapsacks, tests . . . but if you’re not careful, those seven days can pass by in the blink of an eye without you getting the most out of your time. Interested in avoiding that? Read on, friend!

1. Make a List ?

We all have a general idea of what we want to do during Reading Week, but because it’s such a short time, we often end up only accomplishing a fraction of those things. Creating a list and physically writing down what you want to do and when you want to do it makes for a surefire way to get everything you want out of your break. Think of it as making a grocery list, but for your life: it’ll keep you on track.

2. Make it Fun ?

I probably don’t have to emphasize this, but a week without classes practically begs for you to let some steam off. Whether that means catching up on your favourite TV shows, hanging out with friends or having a nice bubble bath, make sure to allocate time to take care of yourself and recharge. If you’re stumped for things to do, BlogTO is a great source for cool restaurants and places to check out in Toronto. Another place to stop by? The Royal Ontario Museum! I recently visited one of their newest exhibits, ¡Viva México! Clothing and Culture, for a short story I’m working on — and I loved it. Culture, romance and fashion all in one! It’s also free for university students on Tuesdays (bring your student card!), making the excursion wallet friendly.

Mannequins wearing traditional Mexican attire.
Traditional Mexican clothing as seen in the exhibit. I think these mannequins have never looked better!


3. Make it Smart ?

On the note of museums and learning new things, I also have to remind you about the Reading aspect of Reading Week. I know you probably feel betrayed. Here I am painting you a picture of downtown adventures, and then I hit you with school work? But hear me out. As important as it is to do some fun things during your week off, it’s also essential to balance your playtime with some studying, catching up on possibly missed readings and homework. The reality is that Reading Week marks the calm before the storm the storm of essays, assignments and exams,  that is. The next two months will bury you in an avalanche of study-related stress and work if you’re not prepared. My advice is to break down your academic projects into small, manageable steps, so that the workload doesn’t feel overwhelming. For example, I recently got a list of essay topics for a paper due in late March. During the break, I plan on going over them and coming up with possible thesis ideas/arguments, but I won’t spend the entire week writing the whole essay. Balance is key!

What are your plans for #YUReadingWeek? Let me know or tweet me @yorkustudents!


Rebecca M. is a third-year English major. She no longer blogs regularly for the YU Blog but may post on occasion as a guest-blogger.

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