TOEFL Essay Topic 143 - Some people believe that students should be given one long vacation each year. Others believe that students should have several short vacations throughout the year. Which viewpoint do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.
One long vacation or several short vacations
Nowadays, students study hard on week days and hope to have vacations. While some people may think that for students, several short vacations throughout year is better than one long vacation each year to rest, I believe that one long vacation is better. There are some reasons for this.
First of all, students can do things that take much time if they are given a long vacation. Since visiting foreign countries, studying foreign languages, or doing volunteer work take a lot of time and these things cannot be done easily on schooldays, they should given a chance to do these big things once a year. My own experience is a good example of this. My university has three months vacation each year and encourages students to do activities that cannot be done easily. Last year, I went to Australia and travelled there for two months. Since I talked with many people there and had experiences that I could not do at my country. This was a good chance for me to practice my English and overcome my shyness. While I travelled in a tour, I came to be acquainted with people from China and India. They told me a lot of interesting stories that I could not hear in my country. Thus, I think that a long vacation gives chance for students to get into fields that they cannot experience at school.
Second, students can refresh their mind at a long vacation. Long vacation can give students to think about themselves and their future well. Students are busy studying or working assignments on schooldays so they need to get a chance to stop their work and observe themselves from different viewpoints. A friend of mine, who had not studied hard before, read 50 books at the last vacation and changed his mind to make efforts at another academic field.
All in all, I believe that one long vacation each year is the best policy. This is because students can do activities that need much time and they can think about themselves well by taking much rest.