Most undergraduates on Thanksgiving break were enjoying family, food, and festivities. There is plenty of research that speaks to regression and a loss of skills during breaks in the academic school year for students. Students with learning disabilities are more highly proportionately affected by longer breaks. Teachers and parents can combat this regression by encouraging activities throughout the break which reinforce topics learned in the semester.
Meanwhile other PhD colleagues and myself were busy hammering away on projects, final papers, and presentations. Not a moment to lose because once break ended there were only 2.5 weeks left before the end of class. Deadlines loomed and advancement on work had to happen or we knew that we’d be pulling all nighters very soon. I thought this paradox between undergraduate and PhD level was interesting and worth talking about.