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Diatribe: One-Day Spring Break

The Gavel's Diatribe acts as the satirical medium for short rants over topics ranging from complete triviality to utmost importance.

Fellow Eagles, I hope you are all ready for the best day of the spring semester, our one-day spring break! While there will be no vacay getaways (or at least we hope) this year, it will certainly be a day to remember, as there is so much time for you to bond with your friends and catch up! Thirsty Thursday? No, ~Thirsty Tuesday~ is the new wave this year.  So grab your UGBC-sponsored water bottle and cloth mask and take yourself out on the town. But don’t worry, you will fully be able to relax while receiving 8 million Canvas notifications throughout the day. 

Who even needs a long break when we are experiencing a global pandemic??? It’s not like we are experiencing what seems like unlimited amounts of stress and an atypical school year. Boston College simply said “Nope!” to students’ mental health this year, but Late Night is back and there are plenty of phone wallpapers to choose from on BC’s Instagram stories!

Maybe take this day and lay out on the overpriced grass in front of Bapst and have yourself that typical collegiate academia moment on Linden Lane in the bitter cold. Don’t forget to bring your disposable camera for the end-of-semester photo drop, of course. For those Newtonites out there, maybe take a hike to Newton Center to burn off those Stu breakfast potatoes, as the beloved Quonset Hut is not open for business this year. Or even better, partake in super not-awkward-at-all conversations about housing. If you are actually on campus, why not catch a vibe at the construction site of the Schiller Institute? Could be fun, no? 

In reality, the sad thing is, we all know how this day is gonna go: O’Neill and Bapst are gonna be packed, you won’t be able to get a seat in Mac as you frantically pace through the cafeteria while being stared at by a bunch of freshmen who have been here for a mere six months, you will wait an unfathomable amount of time for the Comm Ave Bus, and we will be back in the classroom Thursday like nothing happened. 

I mean, at least there is somewhat of a bright side to the one-day spring break, as there will be no social media tsunami of spring break vacation posts. I, for one, am really hoping to see a “Happy Spring Break Eagles!” post on BC’s Instagram, as that would truly just make my day and make the absence of a meaningful break worth it. Besides the point, take this day and relax, because you actually do deserve it. Just don’t go absolutely wild, after all, it is (sadly) only one day.