Start Thanksgiving Break Earlier for UT Students
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Currently, the UT Austin calendar only has Wednesday through Saturday scheduled as a Thanksgiving holiday, however, students should have more time to travel back home and spend time with their families. Being that Thanksgiving is on a Thursday, students who live in-state and out-of-state have a short amount of time to travel home before Thanksgiving day.
For students who live out-of-state, it can take many hours out of the day to just travel back home, meaning that students have even less time to spend with their families. Additionally, students who have classes that run late into the day on Tuesday can face trouble when it comes to arranging transportation back home. Adding to this issue is the fact that not all professors announce far enough in advance whether they will be holding classes on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. This leaves students with the dilemma of either missing class (and possibly a pop quiz) or staying for the class and delaying their trip home.
In order to create less confusion, the University of Texas at Austin should stop holding classes after a certain time on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. By stopping classes in the middle of the day on Tuesday, all UT students, faculty, and staff would have the opportunity to guarantee transportation home for Thanksgiving, without the stress of missing class.
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