Take care of yourselves and others – A Mental Health Day message from Dr. Xavier Cole

Dear students,

Tomorrow is one of the last Mental Health Days of the semester. There will be one more next month on May 5. There are no classes scheduled tomorrow.

*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.

We launched these new Mental Health Days this semester with the intention of creating an opportunity for students to relax and recharge. Marquette leaders recognize the importance of managing stress and anxiety, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And as you prepare for final exams, projects and papers, we know this is a particularly stressful time for students. Please make sure to take time for personal breaks, proper meals and getting as much sleep as possible. You want to be certain you’re best prepared for all that’s ahead.

Of course how you choose to spend your Mental Health Day is up to you – you may go for a walk with a friend, or maybe you plan to attend one of the many “MU Staycation” events – like a  yoga class, calligraphy workshop or free hot air balloon rides.

As a reminder, the Office of Engagement and Inclusion, with sponsorship from Marquette University Student Government, has planned a variety of MU Staycation events with in-person and virtual offerings. I hope you will consider attending some of this great programming! See the full list of events and sign up here.

Lastly, I want to thank you all for doing your part this past year to stop the spread of COVID-19. You’ve worn masks, social distanced, made sure to get tested if selected, and followed the various university guidelines in place to help protect each other and keep our campus safe.

And now that everyone in Wisconsin age 16 and older is eligible, we hope you’ve taken the opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine at one of the many sites near campus. I feel extremely grateful to have gotten both doses, and know many of my Marquette colleagues have, as well.

Marquette strongly encourages all students to get vaccinated. By doing so, you are not only protecting yourself but you’re protecting your fellow Marquette community members, your families and friends. See where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine near campus.

Remember, YOU make the difference. #VaxUpMarquette!


Dr. Xavier A. Cole
Vice President for Student Affairs