3 Ways to Make the Most of the Long Weekend Ahead

  • March 10th, 2021

Students set on blankets on the Quad.This weekend, UA students will enjoy a three-day break, with a mid-semester, wellness/study day off on Monday, March 15.

While there are plenty of ways to have fun in three days, here are three ways students can make the most of the long weekend ahead.


Try to take some time to truly rest. This has been a stressful year, and one of the simplest ways to combat stress is to take care of the body, mind and thoughts, according to Dr. Sha-Rhonda M. Green, an assistant professor of social work at UA. Try these tips to slow down and rest.

  • Sleep — It’s no secret that many college students do not get enough sleep. Here’s the chance to get some extra ZZZs. Check out this list of practices conducive to good sleep.
  • Relax — The weather this weekend will be just right for getting outside. Put a blanket on the Quad and enjoy the sun. Take a walk and let the brain take a break. Participate in a virtual yoga class (check out UREC’s website for offered classes). Or find a quiet place and meditate.
  • Color — It’s an activity with the perfect mix of fun, calm and relaxation, and it’s even believed to reduce anxiety and stress. Download these UA coloring pages and color away.

Catch up

It’s likely that most students won’t want to spend the entire weekend studying, but it may be a good idea to set aside some time to catch up on schoolwork, or even get ahead. The end of the semester is quickly approaching, and this is a great opportunity to dedicate some time to focus on school.

Use these time management tips to be more productive and focus on the things that matter.

There may be other things to catch up on, too. Netflix shows, laundry, shopping…this is a great opportunity for all of those and more.


Three day weekends are the perfect time for day trips. Luckily, there is plenty to explore right in UA’s backyard. Here are a few favorites.

  • Lake Lurleen State Park — Located just nine miles northwest of Tuscaloosa is this scenic retreat that offers plenty of recreation and relaxation. Fishing, swimming, beaches, boat rentals and more. In fact, there are more than 20 Alabama state parks to explore.
  • Hurricane Creek Park — This rugged creek is open to the public from dawn to dusk. It’s a wonderful place to explore nature, canoe down the creek or play in the untamed stretch of water.
  • Lake Nicol — The surrounding nature gives this lake a secluded, off-the-beaten-path feel, yet it’s only a short drive from town. Explore the paths along the picturesque cliffs, have lunch at one of the picnic areas or paddleboard the calm waters.
  • Moundville Archaeological Park — One of the nation’s premier Native American heritage sites, the panoramic landscape of Moundville provides stunning views of ancient monuments, while the museum displays treasures that have been unearthed at the site. The park grounds are open for the public to explore from dawn to dusk.

Also consider starting the weekend with movie night at the Ferguson Center Theater, trying a new restaurant in town, or giving back some of that free time by volunteering (check the UA Center for Service and Leadership website to see what volunteer opportunities are available).

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