How to deal with the stress of finals


Finals week is rapidly approaching, and with the semester coming to a close, college students can easily find themselves weighed down by the stress of exams. 

“Taking multiple breaks while studying is important. Study, take a break and then come back to it,” junior psychology student Keri Barth said.  

Shippensburg University and many of its organizations on campus are accommodating to the students during these last weeks, putting on events that allow them to kick back for a few minutes and take their minds off the books.

Megan Malinak, a junior communications/journalism student, said she especially likes the events on campus that involve the company of dogs. For example, on Thursday, Naugle Hall hosted a Home@Ship event that gave students the opportunity to have some “fur therapy.” Certified therapy dogs were brought to the resident hall for students to take a study break and play with some furry friends.

Here are some ways to de-stress on campus: 

● Decompress with coloring pages, tabletop games and maps for hiking and biking trails located in the library’s Main Level Gallery.

● Attend the library yoga session May 8 at 2 p.m. in Room 206.

● Attend the spiritual center’s Mindfulness Meditation groups on Tuesday during finals week at 12:15 p.m. The meditation is followed by tea tasting.

● The counseling center is always available by appointment for students to talk about their stress or any other conflicts in students’ lives.

Malinak wanted students to know that if they keep focused and work hard, all of the stress and pressure they are feeling will be worth it in the end. 

“If college were easy, everyone would do it,” She said.


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