Mental Health Break for VOLS (UTK)

Mental Health Break for VOLS (UTK)

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This semester has been absolutely rough and every survey/poll conducted regarding mental health has shown that students are experiencing an absolutely high burnout (The Daily Beacon has even published multiple articles about this). Everything about this semester is new and although we have attempted to adjust, we can all agree this isn't what we had in mind when we all came to college. Despite our professors doing their best to give us a quality education, we can agree it's simply not the same.

COVID has caused so much unrest, and on top of that our fall break was removed weeks into the semester. We're not performing at full capacity and this isn't the standard amount of stress. It feels like nearly everyday is a final exam day.

Therefore, I think it is reasonable and fair to ask for one day off between Election Day and Thanksgiving Break. One day for us to have a mental health break and allow us to get off our laptops and breathe. Breaks are very important for academic/mental wellbeing for professors and students. (UNC-Chapel Hill successfully did it: https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2020/10/university-mental-health-day-off-petition)

Thank you so much for reading this.

-UTK Student' 23

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