Stress Less Week offers activities before the finals – LE CHEVALIER GANNON

For students, stress just before finals week is common – trying to remember everything learned throughout the semester, struggling with little sleep trying to get all the information memorized just before the test.

It feels like an endless cycle of struggle, with no end seemingly in sight.

Students have little time but try everything to relieve some of the stress and pressure with little or no results. Some organizations at Gannon University recognized this as a problem and decided to offer on-campus activities to reduce stress.

Gannon’s Active Minds organization, in conjunction with the Health and Counseling Center and the Leisure and Wellness Centre, will be running a stress-free week the week before the finals.

The event will run from April 25-29 and times for each day will vary. Monday and Thursday events will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday events from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. All events will be held either in the North Hall parking lot or at the Recreation and Wellness Center.

Claire Smith, graduate fitness assistant at the Recreation and Wellness Center, said this year the program will feature massages, therapeutic dog yoga, aromatherapy crafts, and a variety of snacks, plus fun activities and raffle baskets from the health center, Active Minds and counseling center, library Nash, the U-Knighted store and the APB.

These types of events are meant to get students out of their dorms and library study rooms and forget about stress just for a little while.

While these events are intended to be fun, they are equally important in educating students about mental health and the need to take a break from class.

Georgios Koutroulis, Accounting and Entrepreneurship student and Vice President of Active Minds, spoke about Active Minds and what the organization will be doing during the event.

We will be available to talk to students about mental health, school and everything else,” Koutroulis said. “We will also have fun activities on our table to further entertain the student body.”

Active Minds will be there not only to organize the event, but also to provide any guidance students may need.

Koutroulis also stressed the importance of the university hosting these types of events near finals week.

“It shows that the student body is heard and people understand how stressed we are towards the end of the semester,” Koutroulis said.

MOLLY BEGEMAN

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