Students reflect on University’s wellness days after April day off

by Delaney Appelhans

Yesterday, the University’s third and final wellness day took place alongside another Illini Break event entitled “I Love Illinois Day”. The event took place from 12 to 4 p.m. on the Main Quad with stations throughout for students to get free food and giveaways. There were also games set up and performances from the Marching Illini, as well as student performers.

The event promotion was sent to all students by email the day before the event. Photo by Fighting Illini Athletics.

The event was an opportunity for students to get out and enjoy the nice weather on their non-instruction day. On these days off of class, professors are instructed to not assign any work due or exams.

Despite this, most students are still finding themselves using these days to get ahead of or catch up on work for the coming days in the week.

Junior Riley Ruzella said that while she is thankful the University administration is giving students something to enjoy the days off, she still spent some of her day off doing work for classes.

“Even though we don’t have class, we still have a lot of work to do either way. Like, after this [event], I have to study and do things for my exams this week and next week.”

Another student, senior Allie Schierer, said that the three wellness days this semester have not been equivalent to the full week-off for spring break that students are typically given.

“I definitely feel worn out and burnt out, and I don’t have a real break, so it really hasn’t been a good break for the mental health,” said Schierer, “it’s better than nothing, but I do wish we had a better break.”

With finals ending a month from today, students are working to get through the rest of the semester as the COVID-19 pandemic still continues to impact academic life on campus.