In just a week the seniors will leave Singapore American School, the freshmen will move up to become sophomores, the sophomores will become even more stressed as juniors, and the juniors will have to worry about college applications as new seniors. New freshmen will come into high school where everything seems unfamiliar. The week that signifies the home stretch of the year is at the end of March when everyone gets their final week-long break. It’s the last time to savor a lengthy break before going on an eight-week stretch of school days. No, the small days off do not count.
People often forget about the time leading up to breaks in which teachers cram in tests, quizzes, and projects, keeping students constantly on their toes. It’s one of the reasons why it makes spring break or any other break more welcome. The anticipation of all the workload being gone is relieving and the chance to travel somewhere is exciting...unless you’re staying in Singapore, in which case you try to make the most of your hours.
Many people from other parts of the world will say the students at SAS are spoiled—a three-week winter break and Interim Semester and a spring break? Why are kids complaining so much about their workload? How come there is such a need for breaks? Like most international schools, SAS has tons of breaks from school—fall break, winter break, spring break, summer vacation, and don’t forget the long weekend for Chinese New Year. By now, the students are used to having some sort of break every semester, and when there isn’t a break within three weeks, students find themselves complaining.
Nonetheless, spring break is a time for all to enjoy. A week for seniors to go to Bali, a week for freshmen to work on their English remixes, a week for sophomores and juniors to stress and relax, and a time for teachers to take a break from their lovely students. Days where nothing else seems to matter except for the amount of sleep you are able to have and the food you can savor in your mouth.
When spring break finally arrives, you go through a variety of emotions. One day passes, but you are still relaxed since it’s only Saturday and you still have a whole week of work or fun ahead of you. You’re traveling, so after a long flight you arrive at your destination and it is filled with excitement! After Saturday, Sunday passes quickly, and then Monday comes along. Usually, Mondays are the days you hate the most, but this time you seem to hate it a little less. After all, it’s still a week away from the actual day school resumes. You enjoy that thought as much as you can and binge Netflix until who knows how late, and then Tuesday makes its way into your life. Don’t worry, there are still several more days until school begins so there’s no need to stress or worry about anything.
Then Wednesday takes a stroll, Thursday says goodbye, and then Friday wakes up. Like most Fridays, it’s a good day. But unfortunately, there are only two more full days until school will officially start...for eight weeks straight. Horrible, I know. You get on a plane heading back home to Singapore and arrive in a place where it’s both hot and humid. You try to savor the rest of Friday as much as possible, knowing that Saturday is coming soon. As soon as Saturday leaves, you groan since it’s already Sunday, the day before Monday. At least last Sunday there was no school the next day. On Sunday, the list of actual school stuff runs through your head and you feel that you're still safe from any workload. Except for the math homework you forgot to do and that Tri M application that’s due tomorrow. You knock out all the procrastinated work you needed to do before checking the time. It’s 8.00 p.m. You start getting your stuff ready for the next day.
Back to the grind, you think. Back to the grind.
- high school
- Spring break
- the grind