Jimmy O’Brien, UIUC communications major, says he has never been readier for winter break. However, unlike most college students, the reason for O’Brien’s enthusiasm isn’t that he’ll have less work to do, but more.
“I know that the old, tired stereotype about communications majors is that we’re dangerously overworked, but that couldn’t be further from the truth,” said a noticeably well-rested O’Brien. “Well, that’s why I wanted to major in communications when I first came here, but I soon realized that I had literally nothing to do. It’s horrible. I go out to Lion six nights a week during midterms.”
Although, according to statistics, most communications majors at U of I seem to be content with their light workload, O’Brien, a fake nerd, is looking to put in a little more elbow grease. This is why he can’t wait to return to his two part-time jobs in his hometown of Hinsdale over winter break.
“Don’t let the word ‘break’ in winter break fool you,” scoffed O’Brien. “All my time spent in Champaign is a break, honestly. In the burbs, I’m a barista at Starbucks and a cashier at Portillo’s. It’ll be so nice to break up the monotony of sleeping until 1 p,m. every day and going to Lion every night.”
However, O’Brien’s mother, Cynthia O’Brien, has voiced her concerns that her son will overwork himself this winter break.
“I really hope it’s not too much of a transition for him! I see all his engineering friends come home reeking of B.O. with bags under their eyes,” Mrs. O’Brien said. “Meanwhile Jimmy comes home with pristine skin! I’m only going to let him do the dishes twice a week so he doesn’t work himself to death.”
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