As most Homewood students have heard, the Spring 2021 semester will not include an extended spring break in order to reduce the COVID risk posed by travel. Instead, the academic calendar will include five days of holiday distributed throughout March and April.
For me, the week-long Thanksgiving break in November was a much-needed reprieve from Zoom fatigue and pandemic-induced stress. While this new measure is necessary for reducing the spread of COVID-19, it may make it difficult for some students to find time to take a step back this semester.
Once our first round of midterms begins, the assignments seem to never end. It can be easy to slip under the building wave of work and stress until our last final is finished.
That being said, taking time off can reduce stress and increase your productivity. While a daily break is not nearly as long as a week’s worth of holiday, a few hours can restore some balance and be a good opportunity to pause and reflect. Here are several ways to take meaningful, short breaks this semester:
Finding activities to do right now might seem difficult given the pandemic, but hopefully these ideas can guide you to finding something beneficial to do this spring break. We, as a Hopkins community, need to normalize an environment where it is okay to struggle and to take time for yourself. There are a lot of circumstances that are out of our control this year (even more than normal). In the end, making it through this semester will be about finding the right balance. This may sound cliché, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint.