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IGNITE Spotlight: Fall Reading Break

by Neetika Chohan

In case you haven’t heard, Humber will be having its first ever Fall Reading Break this year from October 6th-10th!

Whether you choose to sleep away your break, have a marathon of Netflix shows or undertake a serious study session, it’s a welcome delight for all students alike!

You may be wondering though, where did this break come from?

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The answer is, in short, that we have the executive team at IGNITE to thank, specifically, Ahmed Tahir, IGNITE President, who has worked tirelessly in the last few years to bring this initiative to life. Ammar Abdul-Raheem, VP Student Life-North/Guelph-Humber, says, “Ahmed put hours and hours into this, trying to get the buy-in from the school.” In fact, this very idea was a major proponent of Ahmed’s 2016-campaign platform. It was inspired by his conversations with students across different universities and colleges who benefited from their own institutes application of a fall break. These benefits translated into an overall improvement in mental health and student stress and depression.

Anna Bilan, VP Student Affairs-Lakeshore says, “If we look at the statistics from the Student Life Line and Humber’s Mental Health survey, it shows that students ask for help, go to counseling, and use the stress services during the month of October.” IGNITE is all about student success, and the concept of introducing a short break to recharge students and help them catch-up with schoolwork was something the organization was willing to stand for.

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In the last few years, many colleges and universities have introduced a fall reading week. So, why not an entire week at Humber? Tahir says, “A fall reading break was put into the interim while we figure out the logistics around a full week break.” He argues that the additional week-break would cause classes to run into the Christmas holidays. Tahir encourages students not to fret, as Humber and VP Bilan are currently looking for creative solutions to offset the effect of a full week-break, making a Fall Reading Week a possibility in the near future!

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Students at Guelph-Humber can also have something to look forward to, as Maja Jocson, VP Student Affairs-Guelph-Humber, is actively pursuing this opportunity. It might not be too long before GH students can celebrate this victory and look forward to a fall break.

We want to hear how you spent your reading break! Look out for our Fall Reading Break Contest – which will be announced soon – for a chance to win a cool prize!