It has been some time since my last entry, for a number of reasons, but mainly with regard to the topic of this post: holidays in the work force.
When it comes to life as an undergrad, there are too many positive aspects to list. But if you tried, the list would include beer, pizza, afternoon classes (or put a different way, sleeping in), pizza, campus activities, friends, beer, pizza, and of course student holidays.
Who can forget the month long Christmas / New Years holiday, in addition to the plethora of other holidays that you are given as a student (for example, at Washington & Lee University we were given a week off for George Washington's birthday). And what did we have to do over the holidays? Well..... NOTHING. Our only assignment was to go to sleep late and to wake up late. And boy could we ace that assignment (well at least I could).
Now for those of you about to graduate into the work force, here's a word of advice: forget you ever had those holidays. Certainly don't forget what happened over those holidays, but yes - forget the luxury of a month long holiday. This may sound a bit downtrodden, and maybe it shouldn't. You will (most likely) have work holidays, but the odds of you getting a month or more off at any time are slim.
But that's ok, right? Yes, for the most part it is ok. Now that you are working everyday, you will be able to appreciate your time off more. And as crazy as it sounds, you may even find yourself looking forward to continuing your work once you return to the office. I myself, after celebrating New Years eve in New Orleans Louisiana, actually did feel an unseen force pushing me back to my workstation. Maybe that's because New Orleans is just way too much fun? Maybe not...
One of the things that I enjoy about working is the thought of continuing my work. In undergraduate college, your work is more or less an accumulation of disjoint assignments across a large range of classes. But in the workplace, your work is continuous and always cumulative. You learn from the work you have done in the past, and you will often find yourself excited to use that knowledge in the future.
Thus don't get too upset when you realize that you won't be sleeping until 2 PM everyday for a month over your holiday break. You will miss the time when you could do that, but you probably won't miss it as much as you think you will.
So for those of you still at an undergraduate institution looking forward to a long holiday break, savor your breaks and the pizza and beer you consume during them. But for those of you leaving the wonderful life of a student, don't worry, work breaks aint that bad.