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OMG: Lets try to start something to help improve everyone's mental health. Why do you think we should have a fall reading week?

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  1. Reasons. I've discussed them elsewhere.

    I'm meeting tomorrow with Tom Ruttan (Director of Counselling Services---and hopefully some other stakeholders) to discuss getting a FEDS peer support service launched, hopefully for F14.

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  2. Because it will be good for my mental health.

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  3. As a student in the co-op program, I feel like we are so busy going from school to work & back, the few days that we have in the end is spent packing up, moving, & going back home to visit family.

    Reading week is a good way for socializing, making plans & going new places with classmates. But please don't put it before hell week, that defeats the purpose.

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    1. fuck engineers, put it before hell week

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  4. I think having a fall reading week is a good idea because it allows an opportunity for students to see and spend time with their friends and family. Seeing them can relieve a LOT of stress and help cut down on negative feelings from school.

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  5. i think fall reading week is a pretty cool guy. eh lets me smoke pot all day every day and doesnt afraid of anything

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  6. Man, y'all are soft as baby shit. Students get a ton of time off compared to most adults that have jobs. If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen...

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    1. Definitely do not get more time off than my parents. I don't think what you are saying is accurate.

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    2. Wow you need a slap in the head. Students need breaks to deal with all the stress that comes up. Adults don't have to deal studying, getting good grades to stay in your program, work and deal with school, plus financial problems. Not that I am saying adults dont have all that but still.

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    3. 6 here.
      6a. You have lucky parents.
      6b. You are obviously a young kid with little knowledge of what it is like to be finished university and facing the next set of issues. If you can't sustain working for 4 months without a week long break, you are weak.

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    4. School does not end at the end of a lecture day, there is always more stuff to study. Work typically does.

      I agree an extra week could be very beneficial for everyone to recharge and catch up.

      I just graduated and I work in investment banking, granted my job can be much more stressful than school. The difference is I care about my job, and it makes me happy to work harder. Its not about not being able to sustain 4 months of work, its that it will be better if there was a break

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  7. Reading week provides an incentive to keep working hard towards reaching that goal of having the one week to either relax or catch up on missed work. It can motivate people because they'll know they have that week to look forward to, and after Reading Week is done, they return to school feeling refreshed and able to tackle the final stretch of the term.

    It also provides a week in which people can spend time searching for co-op jobs for the winter without the stress of other schoolwork getting in the way.

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  8. Because orientation is a waste of time, so lets take days away from it! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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    1. well it is.... I think I met like 2 people in orientation I actually hang out with. Most people I met through normal social networks like bars, parties and rez

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  9. I will answer this question seriously. I'm no longer an undergrad so it's not directly relevant to me, but I remember feeling distinctly like I was ready to have a nervous breakdown every year by the time November rolled around.

    For anybody with generalised anxiety, panic disorders, etc., that cocktail of worrying about exams, problem sets, quizzes, putting together applications for grad school/professional school, dealing with volunteer positions/other commitments/jobs and finances is enough to force a breakdown. By the end of my fourth year I was having frequent panic attacks. Fall terms were torture. I endured some serious stress-related health issues and considered dropping out more than once. For many students this is fairly normal - then you also have added complications like breakups, family members ill or dying, things like that, which are world-turning even under peaceful circumstances.

    I'm certainly a believer in hard work. Still, I don't see any downside to a fall term reading week, even if it is just to give those students on the cusp of mental illness a chance to find a foothold.

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  10. Gives me time to go to see strippers in Montreal to relax.

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  11. Fall Reading Week = possibility of having Sunday exams, cutting down Orientation week. Most students just want a fall reading week to procrastinate as usual. I'm curious as to how many people actually use that time given to do work, or catch up and get ahead.

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    1. What is so bad about having an exam on Sunday?

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    2. Nothing. Sunday is exactly the same as Saturday

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  12. Why are people concerned about orientation week? O week doesn't have anything to do with 99% of the upper year students. I would rather start school earlier & have reading week in between.

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  13. It's like welfare. There's lazy fucks who just take advantage of it and there's people who actually need it. However it's impossible to distinguish between the two. So from that perspective, then yes, we should have a fall reading week, even if the don't need to actually need ratio is huge.

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  14. Why ate you people so soft? Screw your mental health issues. Toughen up no one gives a shit.

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    1. I hope something traumatic happens in your life.

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    2. @15 Spoken like a true pussy.

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    3. Haha! Traumatic? You don't know the half of it. The point is you people are a generation of spoiled brats.

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    4. ^ Old Uncle Tom spreading knowledge. You young mofos need to listen to his advice. That grey hair's seen more than your pussy ass ever will.

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  15. I think people are taking the concept of reading week too hard. There is no real reason to need more than 2 days off - beyond that point the school is simply encouraging slothfulness. If I was feeling stressed/work was building up and I had a free week before me, I would spent 75% of that time poorly and finish the week at a similar level of anxiety once I realize how much I could've accomplished.

    Secondly, although we have additional days in the official fall term, I'd rather have school ending earlier before christmas as I tend to have a lot of family gatherings and activities that are satisfying. I admit that a 2-day break doesn't give one the time to visit home when compared to a full week, but I really see no reason to drastically change anything now and by staying near school you're likely more motivated to actually accomplish something with that free time.

    My 2c

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  16. No. There will be people with real mental health problems who would benefit greatly from a fall reading week, but those people are the vast minority. Why does the entire structure of a semester need to change? Maybe if you're having serious breakdowns by November there are some changes you can make yourself. Maybe take 3-4 classes instead of 5, maybe adjust your schedule to give yourself long weekends and extra time to relax. Maybe you'll have to graduate later or you'll have to wait to take a certain class and yes those are sacrifices you may have to make, but that's the reality of having an illness whether it be mental or physical. It isn't fun and it isn't fair, but it's also not fair to expect everyone else to drastically change everything for you. Wheelchair ramps? Easy. Completely changing how fall semesters work? Not so much.

    The problems are real and they suck, but completely restructuring the fall semester is excessive. Hell, most people just want a fall reading week because it's a free week off, but they hide their intentions behind 'mental health initiatives' so that you're vilified if you oppose it. How many people at this school truly suffer from mental health issues? I'm sure the number is not insignificant, but I'll also hazard a guess that the number is way lower than people like to think. Do you feel stressed out when you have a lot of exams and projects due the same week? Do you have trouble sleeping sometimes because of all the pressure you're under? Probably, I do to, it's called 'life'.

    Mental illness is the new OCD (yes I'm aware that OCD is a mental illness, bear with me here. Insomnia would work also). Every idiot who likes things logically organized self-diagnoses themselves as OCD despite all the people who really suffer from it ("OMG I hate it when numbers aren't in order, LOL I'm so OCD!!). Now every idiot who feels sad every once in a while self-diagnoses themselves as depressed and cries for major overhauls to help them with their 'mental illness' while the people with actual issues suffer in relative silence.


    TL;DR: You're in university, 3 paragraphs isn't that long.

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    1. University has become more stressful and more competitive over time. This is not our parents' schoolwork. In particular, standards about grades have risen enormously, along with competitive pressure to get into and stay in certain programs. They *have* gone up.

      I don't support this work-centric worshipping of the stress cesspit that is university. It seems to be used as some kind of badge of honour: "well, I worked 80 hours a week and I'm not having a problem. You're just not trying hard enough or have mental illness, suck it!" I don't support this rat race to the bottom approach to stress and wellness. The people who come out on top aren't the ones that are most deserving, just the ones that don't crack first.

      I think it is valuable for everyone if everyone had stress reduction and more support in their university careers. For instance, I'd love to see the standard courseload reduced for sone programs so as not to foster this environment of unrealistic expectations. School is much more brutal than the real world has ever been to me and that attitude of trial-by-fire is unaccommodating, unrealistic, and unhealthy. I'm all for giving students another week off to help reduce stress. Then my vacation might actually resemble what a full-timer at an *American* company gets, gg.

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