National All Is Ours Day
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Union College administration has moved to institute a new holiday, National All Is Ours Day, between spring break and graduation so students can have the much-needed break from school during the longest stretch of consecutive school days of the year.
Every year, students bemoan the weeks following spring break, dreading facing the rest of the semester with no breaks for relief. National All Is Ours Day is celebrated every year on April 8. The holiday is meant to be a time for people to appreciate the beauty of nature and reflect on the blessings of life.
“Essentially, it’s a one-day Thanksgiving,” says April Summers, director of undergraduate relations. Summers believes celebrating this holiday will boost student morale and better prepare them for finals. “We in the administration believe the mental health of our students is to be our top priority,” Summers says. “This holiday may make the transition from classes to finals a little smoother.”
To celebrate this holiday, students are urged to dress in bright colors to symbolize their enthusiasm for life and appreciation of nature. They are also encouraged to spend time outside soaking up the sun. Many clubs are planning trips to embrace the new holiday and celebrate it to its fullest extent. Those staying on campus during the long weekend won’t miss out on the fun. With the help of several surrounding churches, ASB will be hosting a school-wide picnic on the quad for the special occasion. Students can expect lawn games, homemade food and a good time. A reflection service will follow the meal.
During this service, students will have the opportunity to share what they are grateful for, write notes to loved ones, meditate with others and enjoy the peace of a spring evening with friends. Students are excitedly supporting the new holiday, grateful to have something break up the daunting second half of the semester.
“I’m relieved to have this chance to take a break,” says Mae Schun, a sophomore studying organic weaving. “I was worried I wasn’t going to make it through the rest of the semester. After a long winter with little time outside, we all need a chance to sit in the sun and reflect.” The first celebration of National All Is Ours Day will be on April 8, 2019. Union hopes this new holiday will start a tradition of thankfulness and a celebration of nature for years to come.
Katie Turk is a senior studying english language arts education.