Fare thee well, ye olde Reading Week

This semester, we will no longer have four or five consecutive days to procras—er, study—during Reading Week. In fact, we will no longer have a Reading Week (even if that was never the official term for it, it usually bordered on being a week).

Behold! The Academic Calendar reveals the schedule:

December 8: classes end
December 9-10: Reading Period
December 11-12: final exams
December 13-14: Reading Period
December 15-16: final exams
December 17: housing closes

Dec. 13-14—the second half of Reading Period—is the weekend.

70 thoughts on “Fare thee well, ye olde Reading Week

  1. Anonymous

    yea professors had better not make things due the first day of exam period… that would suck.

  2. Anonymous

    yea professors had better not make things due the first day of exam period… that would suck.

  3. Anonymous

    9:17: Same here. I really hope profs who assign papers and take home exams start spreading out the due dates more, because I literally don’t know how I would have gotton all my work done in past semesters with only two days to write my papers in.

  4. Anonymous

    9:17: Same here. I really hope profs who assign papers and take home exams start spreading out the due dates more, because I literally don’t know how I would have gotton all my work done in past semesters with only two days to write my papers in.

  5. Anonymous

    Reading week was the longest time away from classes I had to play catchup during the semester. Like many others, most of my exams/papers were due during the first two days of finals week. In fact, I barely remember staying around Wesleyan for more than the second day of finals, since 3/4 of my classes required final papers or take-home exams.

  6. Anonymous

    Reading week was the longest time away from classes I had to play catchup during the semester. Like many others, most of my exams/papers were due during the first two days of finals week. In fact, I barely remember staying around Wesleyan for more than the second day of finals, since 3/4 of my classes required final papers or take-home exams.

  7. Anonymous

    agreed! with 3:52. also, i just love reading week. for me, it is such a nice time to settle down with all the things i learned and figure things out. also, i like studying each thing/working on each paper a little bit everyday, going back and forth. now i’ll be forced to cram, basically. that sucks.

  8. Anonymous

    agreed! with 3:52.

    also, i just love reading week. for me, it is such a nice time to settle down with all the things i learned and figure things out. also, i like studying each thing/working on each paper a little bit everyday, going back and forth. now i’ll be forced to cram, basically. that sucks.

  9. Anonymous

    Also, I don’t want Christmas break to be longer! It’s too long already. I’d rather have extra time before exams at school than after exams at home.

  10. Anonymous

    Also, I don’t want Christmas break to be longer! It’s too long already. I’d rather have extra time before exams at school than after exams at home.

  11. Anonymous

    I agree with Sam 100%. This is a good system for those who have exams and papers spread out, and it’s fine with those who have them all at the end, too(since it is essentially the same as reading week). But it’s going to KILL those who have everything due in the first two exam days. Have they considered how to counter that at all?Either way, I still liked the old system better. That day or two too relax right at the beginning was key.

  12. Anonymous

    I agree with Sam 100%. This is a good system for those who have exams and papers spread out, and it’s fine with those who have them all at the end, too(since it is essentially the same as reading week). But it’s going to KILL those who have everything due in the first two exam days. Have they considered how to counter that at all?

    Either way, I still liked the old system better. That day or two too relax right at the beginning was key.

  13. Devon

    agreed with sam. if you are one of the unluckies who has all of their exams during the first exam period, then you have 2 days to study for all of them instead of the *6* days we had before. Also note, this is going to be a killer for any end of the year concerts/shows/performances. Not only was reading week as someone above put it, “party time”, but it is also an very important time for the campus groups to show what they have spent the entire semester working on. With a two day reading period, not only are most of the performances going to overlap, but who is going to take time out of their precious few study days to actually go see them?

  14. Devon

    agreed with sam. if you are one of the unluckies who has all of their exams during the first exam period, then you have 2 days to study for all of them instead of the *6* days we had before.

    Also note, this is going to be a killer for any end of the year concerts/shows/performances. Not only was reading week as someone above put it, “party time”, but it is also an very important time for the campus groups to show what they have spent the entire semester working on. With a two day reading period, not only are most of the performances going to overlap, but who is going to take time out of their precious few study days to actually go see them?

  15. Sam

    I think it’s going to benefit some people and screw over others. If your exams are nicely spread out you’ll have plenty of buffer time and that might help you focus on specific things better.On the other hand, there are always the people who end up having all of their exams on the first day, and this is going to be killer for them.

  16. Sam

    I think it’s going to benefit some people and screw over others. If your exams are nicely spread out you’ll have plenty of buffer time and that might help you focus on specific things better.

    On the other hand, there are always the people who end up having all of their exams on the first day, and this is going to be killer for them.

  17. Anonymous

    i never have time to party before exams. end of last semester was particularly bananas. i like this new scheme

  18. Anonymous

    i never have time to party before exams. end of last semester was particularly bananas. i like this new scheme

  19. Anonymous

    this is going to sound really bad, but this means that we don’t have any party time at the end of the semester. just classes ending, study-hardcore-time, exams, more studying hardcore, more exams, going home. it’s nice to have a day or two to relax/party before going into crazy finals mode!

  20. Anonymous

    this is going to sound really bad, but this means that we don’t have any party time at the end of the semester. just classes ending, study-hardcore-time, exams, more studying hardcore, more exams, going home. it’s nice to have a day or two to relax/party before going into crazy finals mode!

  21. Anonymous

    i hate this new schedule. i want it changed back! there’s no way to spread out your work; not all of us procrastinate.

  22. Anonymous

    i hate this new schedule. i want it changed back! there’s no way to spread out your work; not all of us procrastinate.

  23. Anonymous

    i’m glad other people like and/or are open to this idea… i thought i would be the only one.

  24. Anonymous

    i’m glad other people like and/or are open to this idea… i thought i would be the only one.

  25. Anonymous

    I really like that actually. Considering that I had a bunch of finals and papers due all at once. (as do most people) So, I was practically shitting myself for about three days. This is better, it spreads things out and gets us out earlier. As long as you manage your time, it is a pretty awesome schedule.

  26. Anonymous

    I really like that actually. Considering that I had a bunch of finals and papers due all at once. (as do most people) So, I was practically shitting myself for about three days. This is better, it spreads things out and gets us out earlier. As long as you manage your time, it is a pretty awesome schedule.

  27. Anonymous

    Does anyone know who we can contact about trying to understand why this decision was made and how we can attempt to change it back?

  28. Anonymous

    Does anyone know who we can contact about trying to understand why this decision was made and how we can attempt to change it back?

  29. Anonymous

    I think I remember reading that the change was partly due to getting everyone done slightly earlier before the holidays… hence why the spring semester wasn’t changed.

  30. Anonymous

    I think I remember reading that the change was partly due to getting everyone done slightly earlier before the holidays… hence why the spring semester wasn’t changed.

  31. Anonymous

    I think I remember reading that the change was partly due to getting everyone done slightly earlier before the holidays… hence why the spring semester wasn’t changed.

  32. Anonymous

    dec. 8 is a monday..so we have a weekend, one day of class, two more days free, two days of exams, another weekend, and then two more days of exams. This could actually be a good thing, spreading out exams like that.

  33. Anonymous

    dec. 8 is a monday..so we have a weekend, one day of class, two more days free, two days of exams, another weekend, and then two more days of exams. This could actually be a good thing, spreading out exams like that.

  34. Anonymous

    dec. 8 is a monday..so we have a weekend, one day of class, two more days free, two days of exams, another weekend, and then two more days of exams. This could actually be a good thing, spreading out exams like that.

  35. Justin L.

    Anonymous @ 10:18 PM:Me too… but, on the bright side, it looks like this is just for the fall semester. The spring semester has five straight days allotted for Reading Period.

  36. Justin L.

    Anonymous @ 10:18 PM:Me too… but, on the bright side, it looks like this is just for the fall semester. The spring semester has five straight days allotted for Reading Period.

  37. Justin L.

    Anonymous @ 10:18 PM:

    Me too… but, on the bright side, it looks like this is just for the fall semester. The spring semester has five straight days allotted for Reading Period.

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