This past weekend the streets on Linfield campus were bare. Parking was no longer a hassle and the campus seemed as quiet as a mouse.
Some see this as a good thing and some see this as problematic because it has the potential to effect weekend social activities.
No matter how you feel about the occasional weekend flight home by the masses, it is important to realize how physically and emotionally healthy it is to take a break.
Many people left campus after the past few weeks of midterms because leaving campus can be a huge stress reliever.
Seeing your parents can make anyone feel better, simply because you know they support you 100 percent.
Also, parents do a great job at putting things in perspective.
Additionally, getting off campus is a good chance to take a break from other stress factors at Linfield.
Because of all the stress of midterms, many people begin to get irritable and tensions run high.
Living in such close quarters while being on edge is a bad equation for friendships, so going home can help clear your mind and remind you that you shouldn’t be a hermit when on campus.
A weekend at home also will also help your body. As well as know very well, college students aren’t the best at getting eight hours of sleep a night.
According to the University of Georgia Health Center’s research, “On average, most college students get 6 – 6.9 hours of sleep per night, and the college years are notoriously sleep-deprived due to an overload of activities. Recent research on college students and sleep indicates that insufficient sleep impacts our health, our moods, our GPA and our safety.”
Even though getting enough sleep during the week is often just unachievable, going home is a great chance to get some extra sleep and become rejuvenated for the week to come.
Also, just think about all the great home cooked food you’ll get by visiting home for a weekend. That is almost worth the trip alone.
Even if you live out of state, you should still find some time to get off campus and relax.
Visit a family member who lives close by or go home with a friend. Test after test can take a toll on your psyche, so try relaxing weekend at home. It can do wonders.
Alyssa Townsend / Opinion editor
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