It is almost time to melt those winter blues away. Next week, there will be no classes. No exams. No final papers.
You do not even need to get out of your pajamas – although some of you consider your jammies an acceptable form of classroom attire.
Spring break is upon us. I encourage you to treat it as a reward. You deserve a fun, relaxing escape from the daily grind. But, of course, here comes the serious part to my message: We need your smiling faces back on campus happy and healthy.
No matter how you spend next week – whether it be faraway in a sunny paradise with friends, at home with family, studying abroad with classmates or volunteering your time and talents to a worthy cause – remember to use sound judgment and common sense.
Even when you venture outside of Morgantown, you are forever a Mountaineer. Demonstrate through your actions the proud, passionate and caring people that we are.
Do not overindulge. Do not endanger yourself or others. And if you are about to engage in something that seems like a dumb idea, it probably is. I want you to come back from spring break refreshed and ready to finish the academic year strong.
And, one final reminder – if you are pale like me, be sure to stock up on the sunscreen.
E. Gordon Gee