Students' first two of five total wellness days this spring semester have arrived, set for Monday and Tuesday.
The days off from school are designed to give students some semblance of a traditional spring break — without the increased risk of travel that comes with it. Students will have both Monday and Tuesday off and are encouraged to use the time to practice self-care instead of worrying about classes.
Lorelai Sykes, a first-year media and journalism student at UNC, plans to spend her upcoming wellness days catching up on sleep, studying for her classes and possibly taking some time to go outside. Even though the wellness days offer an opportunity for Sykes to finally take a break from her busy virtual class schedule, she feels it is short-lived.
“I know people talk about Zoom fatigue, but I don’t think they emphasize how tiring it really is, doing this amount of work,” Sykes said. “I’m glad to see there’s more wellness days this semester than there were last semester – but I feel like it’s putting a Band-Aid on a broken bone.”
But, for Luke Hines, a UNC sophomore studying economics, using the wellness days to rest and recharge isn’t an option. Hines said he will instead spend his time studying in his apartment for exams scheduled shortly after the wellness break.
“I have two back-to-back exams on Friday, so I don’t really get an extra relax day,” Hines said. “I have to study for those on top of still having homework assignments due. You can’t get into relaxing mode when you’re so amped up from school.”
Although Hines said he would prefer being able to spend the wellness days taking a break from course work, he understands why professors are in a tough spot when it comes to scheduling exams.
“I understand the teachers, because of course it hurts their lesson plan,” Hines said. “Being that there’s three different times that we have days off, it’s kind of hard to actually have any rhythm in the lessons. Then also at the same time, I actually want the time off. It stinks, but I understand both sides.”