photo by Nate Edwards
If BYU is not willing to give students a Spring Break, the least they could do is give the Friday before General Conference off and make it a campus wide policy that no assignments can be due Friday-Monday of General Conference weekend.
Doing so would
- give students a real break
- encourage students to listen to General Conference
Additionally, Spring Conference generally falls on Easter Weekend. As a Christian University we should honor Good Friday as the day Christ performed the atonement.
By giving the Friday before conference off, students are encouraged to spiritually prepare themselves to hear the words of the prophets.
Currently, BYU does not have a week long spring break for students, like most universities do. Instead they give students a “Spring Day” which is a random Friday in March. Most students do not even have classes on Friday. Professors are still able to assign homework over this weekend, so the “Spring Day” isn’t even a real break for most students.
Everyone needs a break to support their mental health. By giving students a real break from assignments, it is an easy, cost effective way to show that BYU cares about the spiritual and emotional well being of their students.