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The case of fall break

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Oklahoma State students will have a longer Thanksgiving break this semester.

Traditionally, Oklahoma State has given students two days off for fall break in October and three days off for Thanksgiving break in November. In recent years, the university has decided to do away with the four-day weekend in October. This semester, students have no fall break but will instead have a full week off at Thanksgiving, giving students and faculty nine days without classes instead of five. 

However, this decision has not come without questions. Some students prefer having a fall break rather than a longer Thanksgiving break.

“A four-day fall break and five day Thanksgiving break,” said Alec Christiansen, a sophomore statistics major. “I appreciate more spaced-out pacing when it comes to class breaks. It feels more restful.”

Like Christiansen, Shelby Sanders, a junior biochemistry and molecular biology major, said she likes having the breaks split up.

“It feels like it gives me more time to breathe in between school and downtime rather than just one full week at the end of the semester,” Sanders said.

Although the university is granting a longer Thanksgiving break, some students said fall break gives students more downtime before exams ramp up. 

“I would prefer this (fall break) for the extra time off,” said Alex Langseth, a senior aerospace engineering major. “Only having a fall break in November adds more stress and strain to students.”