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Enjoying Spring Break

Date: March 12, 2024

The Campus is a little quieter this week. This is the pause in the semester – it is Spring Break. Many students are seizing the opportunity to travel and visit with family, friends, and reconnect with their diocese.

It is healthy to enjoy a pause in our patterns of work. It is not good to work all the time. Having some “down time” is important. We should not be defined by our “occupation” whether as an employee or a student. In the end, those things that matter infinitely are less to do with those activities that fill the day and more to do with relationships. It is the spouse, the child, the friend, the sibling, and the parents – these are the connections that matter. These relationships should be defining and central to our lives.

For the staff of VTS who are reading this commentary, I am afraid Spring Break is still a season of work. However, we have a high percentage of employees who do not use their vacation. So, if you find yourself wanting your own “spring break”, then do have a word with your supervisor and considering taking your own pause in the semester. It is a good thing to do.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and the President of the The General Theological Seminary

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