* Please note that these Mental Health Days do not apply to students in the Law School or School of Dentistry. Health Sciences Professional Program students should contact their instructors or program directors for more information on their specific breaks.
Dear undergraduate and graduate students,
This Wednesday, March 10, is the next Mental Health Day of the semester. There are no classes scheduled on this day, so I encourage you to take full advantage of the day to rest, relax and have some fun.
I recognize the pandemic has affected each of us differently, but one experience common to many is an increased level of stress and anxiety—especially among students. That’s why I can’t underscore enough the importance of these Mental Health Days.
We must take care of ourselves in order to maintain a healthy and balanced life. Many studies show that meditation and other self-care practices tremendously increase your productivity, mood and overall stress levels.
Please make sure to unplug this Wednesday and take some time for yourself, whether that means spending the day alone relaxing, going for a socially distanced walk with friends or participating in the various programming that we have organized for you.
The Office of Engagement and Inclusion, with sponsorship from Marquette University Student Government, has put together a calendar of “MU Staycation” events with in-person and virtual offerings. Some highlights include a food truck on campus, free bowling at the Annex, six-minute caricature drawings and fireworks to end the day.
However you choose to spend this time, do so with compassion and care for yourself and others. We Are Marquette.
Dr. Xavier A. Cole
Vice President for Student Affairs