By Doug Patrick
Hometown, USA—With a large array of obligations throughout the schoolyear, many students find it nearly impossible to mope. There are simply not enough hours in the day to balance school work and watching TV all day, sitting in one’s room doing nothing for hours, or taking three naps to go to bed promptly at 6 a.m. every morning.
But during winter break, “that all changes,” says English major Fred Thompson (’19). At Skidmore, Fred lost out on valuable laying around time to accommodate his seasonal depression and general anxiety. “Now, laying around is all I’ve got time to do,” Fred reports.
Thanks to a winter break that stretches over a time that lines up with few other schools, students like Fred also find that they are not only unhampered by work to mope, but they aren’t even hampered by other human beings. “Oh, it’s fantastic,” says Fred. “Some days, I don’t even get out of bed. Others, I just sit on the couch all day and contemplate if my existence is worthless or not. It’s great!”
As break continues, and Fred’s eyes keep moving from bright and active to dark and sunken as his wardrobe consists of the same stained hoodie and sweatpants each day, he cannot help but feel blessed. “Break,” Fred concludes, “was much needed.”