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Spring break: 1 year later

March 15, 2022
<p>MSU students have their first spring break since before the pandemic. </p>

MSU students have their first spring break since before the pandemic.

In March 2020, the world was blindsided by COVID-19, causing a long, painful pandemic. This resulted in drastic changes last spring, which included the sudden change to an online format and the cancellation of spring break.

Normally, spring break is week-long and it gives students the rest and relaxation they need to continue their studies. According to an email sent in October 2020, the university decided to cancel spring break to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Other Big Ten universities soon followed suit.

In response, the university modified its academic calendar to include “break days” where students were given only two days off before returning to classes. Students didn’t necessarily agree with this decision.

“Those didn’t really help my mental health,” political science pre-law senior Jethro Sarmiento said. “It only just stressed me out more.”

This, accompanied by the sudden change to the virtual format, challenged students’ mental health. Last school year, Stanley announced that classes will be held completely virtual, with the exception of in-person lab instruction.

“I don’t want to have more online school,” Sarmiento said. “I learned a lot more in a personal setting rather than a computer.”

Sarmiento mentions that this semester was a little rough because of the virtual start, but is thankful that it was only for three weeks.

“I have the opportunity to be in-person once more,” he said. “I feel more accomplished now that I’m in person.”

This spring, the university did not make any changes to spring break.

“It is definitely helping my anxiety and stress.” Sarmiento said. “A lot more than just two mental health days.”

Vennie Gore, the Senior Vice President for Student Life and Engagement, or SLE, sent out an email to students last Wednesday as it relates to spring break.

“If you do choose to travel, please be aware of testing, masking and other COVID-19 rules at your destination,” Gore said in the email. “Your best protection is to be vaccinated and boosted against the virus.”

Gore also offered information to those who choose to travel internationally or staying in the East Lansing area, mentioning that health and safety are a top priority. Students can find this information on the Together We Will website.

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