By Abby Laroy

Finals week is finally here and it is easy to get caught up in the overwhelming stress that is typically associated with testing week. By this point, most of us are probably staying up a little later than usual to finish that paper due tomorrow, put those finishing touches on a presentation, or scrambling to put together a stack of notecards in preparation for that big exam coming up. While finals week is stressful, there are a few ways to tackle the week head on and come out on top. If you haven’t already had a chance to check out the Wellness Center on campus, you may want to consider doing so. The Wellness Center is home to plenty of stress – relieving resources that are free and available to all Malone Students. Some of these resources include yoga, zumba, pilates, free personal training, and much more during all the days and times of the week, so you can find something that fits into your busy schedule. Joyce Byler is the head of the Wellness Center. For stress management and self care during finals, she recommends that students first and foremost take care of themselves, and that it will result in a more healthy way of test preparation and execution. Some tips that Byler recommends for all students to experiment with is to minimize over processed foods, get a good rest, spend time outside, take at least ten minutes a day for prayer or meditation, exercise daily, and lastly, to make a list of things you are grateful for. These small and simple tips will result in a better mood and less stress. Gina Nagella is a Senior Business Administration and Accounting Double major and she has a lot of experience when it comes to finals week. First and foremost, she warns the freshman class that although the week may seem wide open and relatively calm, that does not mean it is time to procrastinate. “When I was a freshman, I went to the library and would get a private room and study for each class a few days in advance. It’s nice because you have a lot of time to devote to studying. Freshman year I would sit down and work very far in advance; I was a lot more stressed and tended to over study. But now that I have gotten a feel for things I’ve learned to prioritize and handle stress.“ said Nagella. Her biggest piece of advice for students that are cramming for finals is to remember to step back and enjoy some time with friends. She recommends getting some friends together and enjoying some of the campus traditions, such as Krampus House, Haviland Christmas House, Christmas dinner, and Moonlight Breakfast. The office of Student Development is located on the main floor of the barn and is home to many resources available for students. This year, student development will be hosting Solibration, a series of stress relieving events during Spring Semester Finals Week. Melody Scott believes that it is important to take a break from studying and get involved in activities during high stress times. ”Community participation is important during this time of the year when people may be experiencing feelings of loneliness, fatigue, anxiety, isolation and stress. Sometimes participating in other organizations or events can actually help prioritize time and get self-discipline to get things done; it can build self-confidence needed to take on more challenges.” said Scott. Finals week can be a stressful time for students and staff, however, there is hope to conquer the week. When you are feeling stressed, remind yourself to take a step back and breathe, grab some friends, hit up the wellness center or immerse yourself in some of Malone’s end of semester traditions. You are at your best when you’re less stressed!

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