Audra Kooi – Staff writer
Dordt University’s students look forward to a few days off for Easter break before they power through the end of the semester, but the break has not always existed.
The 2019-2020 school year was the first year Dordt planned to incorporate Easter break into their schedule, but the COVID-19 pandemic interfered. Prior to that school year, Dordt’s latest break fell around early to mid-March. This frustrated some students, especially the fact that they had to attend classes on Good Friday. While there was break for Tri-State and Thanksgiving, the day celebrating the Lord’s death remained filled with classes.
Now for the second year in a row, Dordt students get to enjoy a few days off for Easter. Many of the students who live locally plan to go home.
“I’m excited to go home,” freshman ExZandri Benz said. “I love my family, and I want to go home and hang out with them.”
For some students involved in music ensembles and athletics, this is one of the few breaks they can go home.
“Easter is the only time I can go back home because I have had spring break taken by band tour,” junior Sherryl Mae Rowe said. “Plus, I’ve been involved in athletics for the past couple of years, so that’s really the only time I get to go home.”
Besides music ensembles touring, many students are involved in other activities that occur over spring break. This year, the men’s volleyball team took a trip out to California, the men’s and women’s basketball teams played in NAIA playoff games, and other students participated in PLIA trips.
“If I couldn’t go home, I would probably go senile,” Rowe said. “There would definitely be a weekend where I would have to disregard my commitments and obligations to go home.”
But Easter break is still only a few days, and not everyone makes the trip home. Some students live too far away to make it back for the short break, and others choose to go on their own adventures. Some couples stick together and spend the holiday with whoever’s family lives closer to Dordt.
Last year, several Dordt professors also opened their homes to students who could not make it home just as they would do for Thanksgiving.
“We’ve had a couple extra people at our table,” junior Elise Stiemsma, daughter of English professor Shaun Stiemsma, said. “It’s a little chaotic because we have such a mix of people over, and they don’t always remember that my dad has young kids. But it’s fun too.”
Overall, the student consensus is that Easter break is a much-appreciated addition to the academic calendar as it provides a restful break before the end of the school year ramps up.