The three day week: living every 12-year-old’s dream


Back in high school, course selection was simple. Once all the mandatory courses were filled into your schedule, you could choose between art, family studies, or shop class. And then everything was put together automatically.

In university, it got a bit more complicated. Suddenly, you have some control over what day of the week each course is, or whether a course has three one-hour lectures a week, or one three-hour lecture a week. It’s this sudden extra control that made my number one goal for second semester possible.

As in, scoring a three-day week.

Sure, I get home late on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Fridays are long enough. But no matter how brain dead I am, I have a mini-weekend the next day. With two extra days off every week, keeping up with the workload is also much easier. And there’s something particularly awesome about never having two days of school in a row.

I’m living every 12-year-old’s dream.


The three day week: living every 12-year-old’s dream

  1. It’s possible to swing a two-day week in the fourth year if you start taking courses that don’t have scheduled classes, notably writing an honours’ thesis.

    Just something to look forward to.

  2. Ha! Just wait until 2nd or 3rd year, when you have to spend an extra unscheduled ten hours a week in the lab, because your prof will think you’re lazy and therefore a bad scientist if you don’t. Or you foolishly decide to take on a part time job at the university.

    Adding up all my work, I’d say:


    15hrs of lectures + 15hrs of lab time + 15hrs of part-time job + 15hrs of studying = 60 hrs/week

    High School:

    30hrs of school + 10hrs of band + 2hrs student council/other extracurriculars + 3hrs of studying = 45 hrs/week

    Oh how I’d love to be in high school again.