by KATIE HENEGHAN, Staff Writer
Every year, Student Government and the Resident Student Association lead a Stress Relief Week the week before finals to help students relax prepare for final examinations. Final Exams will take place Dec. 10 to Dec. 14, and stress relief week events will be held on Monday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Dec. 9.
Isabel Quinones, vice president for residential affairs, leads the charge on Stress Relief Week in order to help students manage the pressure of finals.
She is assisted by senior and vice president of clubs administration, Haley Nightingale who says, “It’s just to have some fun activities planned throughout campus to keep students engaged and relaxed during their studying for finals. It gives students an opportunity just to leave their room and do things around campus”.
Student Government has planned a “Mindfulness Monday” on Dec. 3 which will include “Positive Thinking” in Kelly Commons 1st Floor, where students will receive stress relief tips, studying advice and will have the opportunity to write encouraging messages to other students.
The messages that students write will be posted in the library so that students can look at the words of wisdom for encouragement while studying. Also, at 7:30 p.m. there will be a free yoga class with Rikki Lynn Shields open to all students to assist in keeping students relaxed and focused.
Additionally, Student Government has worked with Gourmet Dining to offer discounted coffee at the Kelly Commons Starbucks from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday Dec. 4.
Iced coffee will be $2, Hot coffee is $1. Gourmet Dining is also working with Stress Relief Week to offer a Midnight Breakfast at Lockes Loft from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Wednesday Dec. 5. The Midnight Breakfast will be open to residents and commuters as well.
Thursday, Dec. 6 the Resident Student Association and Student Government will hold a Holiday Party in Jasper Hall. “Were going to have giveaways, and holiday-themed stuff, holiday music and it’s just a time to get away from studying” says Quinones. This is a new event for Stress Relief Week introduced this year that Student Government is looking forward to holding.
Friday, Dec. 7th, there will be a giveaway on the first floor of Kelly Commons from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Starbucks Gift Cards and a Bookstore Gift Cards. They will also be giving away study supplies to students as well.
Also, Senior Haley Nightingale is working with Athletics to hold a Stress Relief Men’s Basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 9th in Draddy. It is still unsure who the team will play, but the hope is to get students away from studying for a few hours to help them relax and do something fun on campus.
The Stress Relief Week events help students find a balance between work and play by giving them outlets to relax, while also helping them stay engaged and focused throughout the week with the various events and different strategies offered to students.
Be sure to look out for flyers with further details of Stress Relief Week events in the coming weeks.
Editor’s Note: Rikki Lynn Shields is the social media editor for The Quadrangle.