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Fall Break

Eileen Rosewater, C'23

mount st. mary's university campus

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog!

As I stated in my last post, this blog will be focusing on mental health and being a student with a learning disability. Both these topics are very close to my heart, and I'm grateful to be able to write about them weekly.

Here at the Mount, we have a fall break every year which usually takes place around the first week of October. I don't know of any other schools that have this perk, but it is the perfect way to start the year and take a small break in the middle of the first semester. Around this time is when people start getting allergies or colds which can overshadow a student's responsibilities like class, homework, sports, etc. Fall break gives students a chance to spend a few days at home, recover, work on any projects they may have due, and just relax and recharge before going back for the rest of the semester. School can really take a toll on a student's mental health, and having this week-long break helps me personally to get back into a healthy mindset for the rest of the semester. I know that a lot of my friends and I were starting to feel the pressures of school sink in and fall break allowed us time to relax, spend time with our loved ones, and come back to school with a fresh mindset.

If you are a student reading this blog and you are at that same point in the semester where you feel like you need a little break, that is completely fine. It does not mean you are lazy or a slacker, which is a common misconception with mental health. The same thing should be said for taking a mental health day: there is nothing wrong with that! The most important thing you can do for yourself as a student is make sure you are healthy both physically and mentally. If you wake up one morning and are in a bad headspace and it's affecting your ability to listen or participate in class, then please don't be afraid to take a day for yourself. After contacting your professors about missing class, make it a day all about you. Maybe go for a walk, go to the gym, stay home and watch Netflix, bake cookies, read, catch up on sleep, etc. Do whatever you need to do in order to recharge for the following day. We all need a little pick-me-up sometimes!

Fall break is one of the perks here at the Mount, and one I never take for granted. Time alone, with loved ones, back in your own home and your own bed can be just what we need as students to re-charge. Thank you for reading and stay tuned for next week!

Eileen Rosewater, C'23