Taking a true break during the upcoming long weekend (for graduate students)

April 13, 2021

Dear students,

We are writing because the next long weekend is coming up and we want it to feel like a true break. We got a lot of feedback about the last long weekend. We hear you. We want to let you know what we’ve done and why.

President Reif and other senior leaders sent an email to faculty and instructors reminding them that this is a hard time. They said that the long weekends are intended to be a break. Instructors were asked to think about how they can reduce or remove the work due the week following the long weekend. They were also encouraged to reach out, acknowledge that things are difficult, express support, and ask how you are doing.

We want you to take the break! Step away from research and your other responsibilities for a moment; explore Cambridge and Boston in COVID-safe ways; plan a hike outside the city; enjoy a restful evening at home. We know you have many obligations, but resting, relaxing, and recharging really are essential--all the time, not just on long weekends.

Please look ahead. If you are feeling overwhelmed or unsure of how to make it a real break, please talk to someone in GradSupport so they can help you come up with a plan.


Suzy Nelson
Vice President & Dean for Student Life

Blanche Staton
Senior Associate Dean & Director for Graduate Education

Karen Singleton
Associate Medical Director & Chief of Student Mental Health & Counseling, MIT Medical

David Randall
Senior Associate Dean, Student Support & Wellbeing