New Academic Break for PLC Students

Pacific Link College (PLC) has recently introduced an innovative academic break schedule aimed at enhancing the overall well-being and academic performance of its students. This new initiative comes as a response to the growing recognition of the importance of mental health and work-life balance in higher education institutions. The new break comes in addition to the Summer and Winter breaks already included in the college’s schedule.

The New Academic Break for Pacific Link College (PLC) Students is a groundbreaking initiative designed to enhance the learning experience and prepare students for future success. In this article, we will talk about the new academic break for PLC students.

What is the New Academic Break?

The New Academic Break is a strategic one-week break integrated into the academic calendar specifically for students enrolled at Pacific Link College. This new academic break also known as Reading break provides an opportunity for students to step back from their regular coursework and focus on self-care, personal development, and relaxation. As a break comes during spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, it can also be referred to as Spring break. Students are advised to use this spring break to engage in a variety of enriching activities beyond the traditional classroom environment.

Understanding the needs and challenges faced by modern-day students, the Reading break (Spring break) which is from March 25 to April 1 for the year 2024, is intended to give students a breather from academic pressures, and a chance for students to explore new interests, take up new hobbies, or participate in community initiatives.

Benefits of the Reading Break

The following are the benefits of the new academic break for Pacific link College (PLC) students:

Improved Mental Health

The journey of studies can be stressful most of the time, and we understand that students need a break to get out of pressure, take care of themselves, and find the strength to continue studying. One of the primary objectives of the introduced spring break is to prioritize mental health and reduce stress levels among students. PLC seeks to establish a supportive environment where students may efficiently manage their academic duties while simultaneously caring for their emotional and psychological needs by providing time set out for relaxation and self-care.

Enhanced Academic Performance

Contrary to popular belief, spring break isn’t just about fun and relaxation—it can also have a positive impact on academic performance. Research suggests that students who take breaks during the academic year tend to perform better academically than those who don’t.  By allowing their brains to recharge and replenish, students return to their studies with improved focus, concentration, and cognitive function. As much as people may want to use social media for relaxation it’s not quite the best method for relaxation.

Enhanced Learning Experience

Spring break encourages students to break free from their routine and embrace spontaneity, leading to increased creativity and innovation.  No longer buried under the pile of textbooks and assignments, students can now focus on personal goals, explore topics of interest, and engage in reflective practices. During the Reading break students can reignite their passions, curiosity, and imaginations which fosters a lifelong passion for learning.

Work Full-Time

This is another major advantage for students as they will be no longer bound by their academic responsibilities and can now entirely focus on work. IRCC authorizes students to work more than 20 hrs per week during academic breaks. With studies out of the way during the scheduled break, students can take more responsibilities at their workplace and increase their productivity. No longer will students be limited to 20 hrs per week (part-time work), they can have the flexibility of time as the Reading break is a recognized scheduled break by the government.

Building New Connections and Strengthening Friendships

Lifted from the burden of tight classes, Spring break presents the perfect opportunity for students to reconnect with old friends and strengthen existing bonds. Shared activities, like going on a road trip or just spending time catching up, can help develop stronger bonds and provide lasting memories. Also, students can broaden their horizons and forge new meaningful connections with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Enjoy Easter Season

Another advantage of the new spring break is the ability to enjoy Easter with family and friends. For students who participate and celebrate Easter, this break will give them and opportunity to now enjoy it with the luxury of knowing they don’t have classes ongoing.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Reading Academic Break (Spring Break) is one week long for this year’s academic calendar. The break is from 25th March to 01st April 2024.

There won’t be any classes during the break period to allow students the opportunity to recharge and focus on their well-being and personal development.

No, both the Surrey and Burnaby campuses will be open during the Reading break. Students are encouraged to visit the campus or make inquiries to the college during this time. Note: there won’t be classes taking place.

Yes, students can travel during the academic break. As traveling can be a great and rewarding experience students are advised to prioritize safety and exercise caution. Short trips are encouraged during the spring break, not so much for long trips as classes will start soon.



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Burnaby Campus: 200 – 4980 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC, V5H 4K7

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