Lazy Boy on Campus: Be as lazy as possible over break, you’ll need it

"Lazy Boy On Campus" is a weekly column on how to embrace laziness while maintaining a jam packed schedule. Easy, right?

Thanksgiving break is called a "break" for a reason - take one. (vxla/Flickr Creative Commons)

You’ve almost done it. In exactly two days, you will be on your way home for Thanksgiving break. In exactly one week, you will be sitting down with your family and friends to dive into a delicious meal. Then you’ll be able to fall into a food coma and allow yourself to sleep off all of the calories you gained during that meal.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I do only three things over Thanksgiving break: eat, sleep and “study.” It is literally the lifestyle of someone who is lazy. This shouldn’t come as a real surprise to anyone. Thanksgiving break has the word “break” in the title. The last time we had a real break was over two and a half months ago when we had Labor Day weekend off.

Do you even realize how exceptionally long that is? It has been basically an entire semester of working day in and day out. I think we have all earned a nice long week of being lazy. You may have noticed that I included studying, and that was not just done to placate any parents who may be reading this column. Remember the first column I wrote? I said the point of Lazy Boy on Campus was to allow you to learn how to be as lazy as possible while maintaining a jam-packed schedule. That motto still continues into Thanksgiving break many weeks later…mostly. At the end of the day, it is vital, no matter how hard things get. Remember things will always get better, but only if you are able to do your best in everything you do.

So now, knowing you might have to study over Thanksgiving break, how does that change all of the plans that you have made celebrate?

If you’re asking me, then I’ll be completely honest. I do not cancel any of my previous plans. At the end of the day, my most important goal over Thanksgiving break is to completely relax. If that means missing cracking a textbook to hang out with some friends or even just catch a few extra winks of sleep I’m going to. This is the first real break anyone has had this semester. The last break that we had nothing had happened yet. Now we have the entire semester’s worth of work placed on top our backs.

But this break is much more important than just a break from all of the work up until now. This break is the calm before the storm. When we get back from Thanksgiving break it is a massive two week power through until finals. There will be no real time to take a break and relax. Of course, there will be times when you are able to get a small break, but overall, mostly every nice is going to be a nose-to-the-grind-stone kind of night. ☹

So what does that mean for you in the end? You are going to be have to be as truly lazy as you can possibly handle. This is of course not to get it out of your system because a true lazy person cannot just get the “lazy” out of their system. Instead, during the one week you have off, you will have to create a buffer for yourself to truly survive the next two weeks of classes and one week of exams.

During the three weeks after Thanksgiving break, remember your buffer. Whenever you feel down on your luck remember all the laziness you let course through your system. It will help tide you over. And when you finally get through it all, you’ll be able to enjoy four and a half amazing weeks of vacation.

Happy Thanksgiving, Lazy-boys and girls.


Amar Batra is a senior staff photographer and opinion’s staff columnist for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email amar.batra@uconn.edu. He tweets at @amar_batra19.