Students are in for a surprise tomorrow if they aren’t paying attention to the calendars. Tomorrow is not just a normal Friday. Tomorrow is Good Friday and contrary to years past, classes will be in session.
Traditionally, schools are not in session on Good Friday, but this year, Tennessee Tech switched Good Friday for an extra day during Thanksgiving break.
Good Friday is the day on which Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Christ. It is closely associated with Easter, on which they celebrate the resurrection of Christ.
“I don’t really like it at all,” said junior secondary education student, Matt Utt. “Easter is one of my favorite, if not my favorite holiday. I would take Easter over Thanksgiving any day, so I am kind of bummed out about it.”
“I think that it’s horrible. They could have given us the day off. I mean we had it off before,” said Gage Dean, freshman engineering student. “They switched it out for an extra day on Thanksgiving? I guess it could better prepare us for the workplace since most of them don’t get off on Good Friday.”
Though some students are just upset at the fact that they have to go to school, some students are seriously concerned about the lack of family time they will have.
“I don’t like it that we have to be here,” said junior sociology student, Andrew Oliveras. “It’s easier for students to go home and be with their families on Easter to celebrate the holiday, but instead they have to worry about school and rush home to spend just a little bit of time with their families.”
Many teachers are still choosing to not hold class this Friday.
“I have one teacher that canceled class and another that just said he isn’t taking attendance, so it’s pretty much canceled. I mean I’m not going,” said Wes Lackey, sophomore nursing student.
According to the holiday schedule on Tech’s website, classes will be held on Good Friday next year as well. It seems as if a break on Good Friday is going to be a thing of the past for Tennessee Tech.