December 20, 2023
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Hawks Enjoy Huntingdon’s Seven-Week Winter Break
Montgomery, Ala. –While most American college students returned to their college campuses at the end of Thanksgiving to complete the Fall semester, Huntingdon students have embraced the College’s unique seven-week winter break between semesters. Final exams for Huntingdon’s Fall semester ended on Friday, November 17. The first day of Spring semester classes is Monday, January 8.
Except for missing their Huntingdon friends, most students rave about the extended break. They celebrate extra time at home with their families before the Spring semester begins and many appreciate the opportunity to get a full retail season job to make extra money, or an internship in their intended career.
“To me, the break is super nice because we get finished with school earlier and we don’t have to worry about coming back to school after thanksgiving,” stated senior Tyler England ‘24. “This allows us the opportunity to take our finals with the information fresh on our mind. Also, the seven-week break allows me more time to work at Rehab Associates and collect more observation hours for my future career.”
Duncan Welker ’25 commented, “I absolutely love the long break. It helps me catch up with some friends back home and this break, it is helping me work with my dad who is the head equipment manager of the Evansville (IN) Thunderbolts hockey team.”
“I love the seven-week break we get between the Fall and Spring semesters because it provides students with ample time to decompress from the prior semester and to then get reenergized for the semester ahead,” said Will Pilgrim ‘24. “This break also allows students time for shadowing, internships, or jobs closely related to the field they want to enter. I am spending my break applying to dental schools as well as shadowing dentists at Singing River Dentistry in Tuscumbia, Alabama.”
“The seven-week break allows for a longer recharge of your batteries before the spring semester, while also providing significant family time over the holidays,” stated Cam Reynolds ’24.
Emma Jo Thomas ’24 stated, “I enjoy the whole seven-week break because it allows me to begin working as soon as I’m out for break rather than working, going back to school, and then going back to work. It also makes my parents happy! I also got an internship through the CCV at Alabama Retina Specialists, and I have loved it!”
“I personally really enjoy the seven-week break,” noted Addie Jacobs ‘24. “I believe it gives students enough time to rest and spend time with loved ones without the stress of going back and forth between college and home. I have decided to take a break from working this break and spend time with family, as it is my last official break before graduation. I am thankful for the seven weeks because they allow for a sufficient amount of rest and recovery before getting back to the books.”
Future teacher Taylor Rothe ’25 has found opportunities to be a substitute teacher during the break. “Being able to substitute has allowed me to experience all fields and levels of teaching and also taught me some valuable lessons that will shape my future in education.”
Cassidy Campbell ’25 and her women’s basketball teammates have remained on campus, along with the men’s basketball team and the wrestling teams. She describes campus life as “very quiet and easy going with just the basketball and wrestling teams on campus.” She further noted, “Each team is always doing their own thing, whether that’s practice or competitions. We only see each other at the dining hall for lunch and dinner. I’ve been appreciative of staying on campus over winter break because I’ve been able to bond with my team and get to know some of them a little better.”
Huntingdon College, in accordance with Title IX and Section 106.8 of the 2020 Final Rule under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, other applicable federal and state law, and stated College policy, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Similarly, it prohibits discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age and/or national origin in its education program