Things like Thanksgiving are good news because students are glad they don't have school for a few days. Being able to finish a frustrating class early and managing to do so are alos good news. Slightly warmer weather is good when you have an outdoor excursion planned. Getting projects done on time or ahead of time help too. Plus it opens the way fro lively discussion, so having spare time is fun.
On the other hand, having extra time means putting more effort into job hunting because the cost of textbooks is rising, and tuition is going right along with it. With the way things are going, it seems like everyone is looking for help but no one is actually hiring.
Nanowrimo is almost over. 32,000 words and counting for now. And I think I'm insane for trying to do that with all the school work I've got plus trying to find a job. But I've been managing so far.