by Alexis Coronato

With finals upon us, it is important to remember to breathe. Here are some things that you can do to relieve stress and be the most productive.

1. Buy your books. If you haven’t bought your books yet (yikes!), I’d say now is a good time to do so. Buy them, and read them. Hopefully your final isn’t cumulative, or you’ll have a lot of reading to do.
2. Play with puppies. On December 5th from noon-, there will be puppies in Curtin Memorial Library for some “Wagging Tails Stress Relief.” Trained therapy dogs from the Hudson Valley Visiting Pets program will be available to reduce anxiety and boost well-being. The Counseling Center will also be offering stress management information and consultations.
3. Sleep. You might think staying up for 48 hours will help you get everything done, but you can’t be productive without proper rest.
4. Eat breakfast. Not only should you eat a healthy breakfast the morning of your exam, but you can also enjoy it while you are doing some late night studying. Cram Jam will be taking place in the View on December 5th at 10 p.m.; breakfast will be served and several tables will be set up with games and activities.
5. Study. Curtin Memorial Library will be open until 2:00 a.m. on most days from December 3rd through December 13th. Research assistance will be available until 10:00 p.m. Cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate will be served each night, thanks to the Center for Student Success and Curtin Memorial Library.
6. Take advantage of the resources being offered.
Monday and Tuesday (in Hudson Hall): 9 p.m. – Zumba
10 p.m.- midnight – snacks, tutoring, relaxation room
12 p.m. – 2 a.m. – low key snacks
Wednesday (Aquinas): noon- 2 p.m.- Stress-relief puppies in the library
10 p.m. – late night breakfast in the View with study games and contests
Thursday (Hudson): “Jam by Genre,” genre-themed study rooms; two quiet rooms and
non-music computer labs; snacks will be provided

Good luck!!