Winter Break at CSS

Why Some Students Stay on Campus

Heidi Voigt

As the end of the semester approaches, students at the College of St. Scholastica prepare to depart for winter break. These three weeks off fall over a myriad of religious holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. With so much time off, many students return to their parents’ houses for the break.

For some, this travel simply is not possible or desired. Residential Life Director, Elliot Johnston, said that 84 students remained on campus for at least part of winter break last year. This could have been as short as a one day stay.

The reasons for staying may vary from family problems to travel expenses. Students are not expected to share their reason for staying, and Residential Life does not ask them to do so.

Johnston said, “Our view is that this is their home. If they want to be here or need to be here we let them do that.”

Keeping with that view, students are not charged an additional amount for winter break housing, though not all dining options may be available.

Students looking to remain on campus for at least part of winter break will be required to fill out a questionnaire from Residential Life for security reasons.