We are privileged to be part of a campus full of the smartest, hardest-working and friendliest faculty, students and staff in the world. Our energy and enthusiasm is a large part of why we enjoy such success and why the reputation of Illinois is known around the world. And many days and weeks in the year, I encourage the entire campus community, myself included, to charge ahead, to push boundaries and make an impact.
But as we head into spring break, I hope you all have the chance to step back and take a well-deserved break. I hope that this week can help us as a campus to recharge bodies, minds and spirits.
Rest and doing something different are essential to our well-being, and experts say it should not be optional. We have all read the studies about how variety and even getting enough sleep can improve our health, even prolong our lives. And yet, often the choice between these and completing some a task on a long list is easily decided by deadlines or priorities. But taking a break should not make one feel guilty. You’ve earned this one.
When classes resume, we’ll be heading into those final hectic weeks of the year, when everything seems to be coming due at once and suddenly, 24 hours isn’t nearly enough time to get it all done. It is always an exciting end to ride that is our academic year at Illinois. This next week offers us all the opportunity to be ready for that challenge.
So, please make good use of your spring break by enjoying it how it was intended – to do something different, recharge your batteries. It’s good for you. It’s good for the campus. And you all deserve it.
*Please note that this is the last blog column until classes resume after spring break. I’m taking a break.
Around the Campus
Congratulations to Illinois alumna Tatyana McFadden on winning her first Winter Paralympic medal, a silver in the 1km cross-country sprint in the Sochi Paralympics. The ten-time Summer Paralympic medalist has been skiing for less than two years. Read the full story here.
Congratulations to Catherine P. Corr, a doctoral student in special education who has been named a recipient of a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. Read the full story here.
To send your own greeting to "thy happy children of the future," send an electronic greeting via a time capsule to be placed inside the Alma Mater sculpture when it returns to campus. Submit a greeting here.