Everyone I talked to who stayed on campus for this year's break enjoyed the freedom offered for the first time.
I myself was no exception. About this time last year, I scrambled to get on the road for a five-hour drive home, spent most of my three days there asleep, then drove five hours back.
But this year my Fall Break was a time of relaxation, as breaks are intended to be, instead of a stressful time of travel and last-minute planning. In fact, and I was as surprised as anyone to realize this, this year's Fall Break was even productive, what with Davis Library right around the corner.
This might even be the first time I've actually been ahead on my schoolwork since I came to Carolina.
And while Davis wasn't exactly crowded to finals-week levels this weekend, I know at least a few others were getting ahead as well.
Or perhaps even better than I did.
Yes, there were a couple of low points in the system.
Those staying on campus were supposed to register with their resident assistants, which not everyone did. Regular maintenance work that has happened during Fall Break in past years was interrupted. Employees at locations like campus libraries and Student Stores did not get a long weekend.
Another use of the closed halls in past years has been to allow RAs to enter rooms and check for infractions such as two-pronged extension cords and torchiere-style halogen lamps. In the future, perhaps policy will allow RAs to make those inspections with students in the room, allowing inspections to go on as scheduled with the halls still open.