My “Mini-Break” | Recharging In-between Semesters
When you’re working towards your Master of Arts in Teaching, you need to have a break every once in a while. One of the great benefits of the MAT@USC-TESOL program is that in between most of the intense, 10-week long semesters, you have at least one week of vacation and sometimes longer to relax and recharge. In my experience these “mini-breaks” are very important in giving me the rest that I need in order to maintain the required energy and focused attention that I need to meet the demands of my classes on top of my full-time teaching schedule.
Recently, in-between my spring and summer semesters, I had one week of vacation from the MAT. During this time, I was able to catch up on some much needed sleep and much “un-needed” brainless TV. Over the weekend I was also able to head into downtown Los Angeles and see some fellow MAT students. Overall, I tried my best to focus on things other than schoolwork for the MAT during the week we had off, although admittedly this was sometimes hard to do because so much of my time and thought is devoted to the program each semester.
Now, as that summer semester begins, I am starting my coursework in order to be ready for the first class. Although this break was short, I am excited to be going back. For one thing, attending class can be a fun social outlet and I miss seeing my classmates already. Also, the curriculum is compelling and so relevant to what I do every day: teach.
If you’re a current MAT student, what do you do during your breaks between semesters?