I think the uni year is constructed bizarrely and term 3 (summer) is especially odd! Watch
Also the best part of the year is the summer. I think i would be amazing to be at uni in June and even July instead of all those cold, dark, wet wintery early nights. An 8 week summer holiday with suffice, but as it happens, we get a 4 week Christmas, 4 week Easter and nearly 4 month summer! That's half the year away from university... so much for studying!
A degree could easily be done in 2 years. Chop off 2 weeks in Christmas/Easter and 4 in summer, then you still have 15 weeks off + freshers week in a year. Much of uni is a doss and a bit of a holiday anyway; all apart from, say, until a couple of weeks before mid-semester and end of semester deadlines/exams.
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Lol - trust me, after working 20 years & having maybe 5 or 6 weeks off a year, it's fantastic! (Mature student) Seriously, make the most of it, but i agree it is quite bizarre!
Start: Late September
Part 1 of Semester 1: Sept - December with 1 week off in between
Xmas Break: 2 weeks
Part 2 of Semester 1: 3 weeks in January
Semester Break: 2 weeks
Part 1 of Semester 2: Feb - Easter
Easter Break: 2 weeks
Part 2 of Semester 2: Easter - Mid May
Summer Vacation: May - September
- 11 weeks work
- 3 weeks christmas holiday
- 3 weeks exam time
- 1 week inter-semester break
- 8 weeks work
- 2 weeks easter holiday
- 3 weeks work
- 1 revision week
- 3 weeks exam
- holiday between start of june and beginning of october.
The only thing I wish is that a few weeks could be taken from summer and added to christmas and easter holidays for more revision time.
My uni is so different to all yours! Start halfway through September, off for Christmas for 2 weeks, off for another 2 at Easter and then 3 months summer. None of these reading weeks or anything.
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Spend your time in the summer break working to save money for the following year, gaining relevant internships and summer work placements at companies you'd wish to work for once you've graduated. Also just enjoy the time off, it won't be that way once you've graduated.
If you use your time off efficiently you can make the time you're at university much easier. Also, in the summer after second year you can make a really good start on your dissertation.
I agree that we could spend more time at university, but lets be honest, why would you want to? Once you've only got 28 days holiday per year you'll be wishing for a huge summer break.