Final exams are stressful, whether it is your first time taking them or your last. The pressure to end all of your classes on a high note can be overwhelming and often causes students to sacrifice their health and well-being for a good grade. Do not let this be the case this semester. All around campus, students can find events and resources that make finals week more bearable. From discounted treats, to workouts, to puppies; you can find it all at UW-Madison in days surrounding the start of finals on December 17th.
Some of the big events on campus include Finals Frenzy at the Union and All Campus Study Day. Finals Frenzy extends all month long, providing students with new and improved study spaces, extended hours, #PennyPromotions, freebies, stress-relieving activities, and special late-night events! Follow @WisconsinUnion on Twitter to stay updated (plus listen to the Union’s Spotify playlist for the perfect assortment of study tunes).
As for All Campus Study Day, think of it as a campus-wide holiday…with intentions. On December 16th, Finals Eve, students gather in their favorite study spots and hunker down for last minute flashcard making and practice test completing. If you’re looking for an on-campus event to attend, the Union’s ‘Best Study Hall Ever‘ offers students a “great amount of seating and outlets, and great food to keep you focused,” until 3:00 a.m. Wanting to venture off-campus? No worries. A popular option amongst students is the Study Day festivities held at Blackhawk Church and Ministry (CAM). Normally a lengthy bus ride from campus, CAM offers quick, efficient routes all day long for free. Once students arrive, free, home-cooked food, including burgers, soups, veggies, nachos, desserts, coffee and more, will be available all day. Also, take a study break in the open gym or watch Christmas movies between taking advantage of the group or quiet study areas. The key to All Campus Study Day is finding the perfect balance of work and play.
The resources do not disappear after these events. In fact, University Health Services (UHS), International Student Services (ISS), the Division of Recreational Sports, and the UW-Madison Libraries offer opportunities to de-stress until the very end of finals. UHS’ well-known Let’s Talk program will hold special sessions on December 15th, 16th, and 19th. Students can attend these drop-in sessions from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Union South to speak with a UHS counselor and take care of their mental health when finals stress seems a bit much.
A similar resource is offered specifically for international students through ISS. The International Student Discussion Group will meet on December 16th to “[provide] a safe space for international students to come together and talk about common experiences.” Finals week is the perfect time to seek community and discuss your experiences with others. Utilize those around you to de-stress, and take a breath before becoming too overwhelmed with the stress of exams.
Would you rather work out your feelings than talk them out? Lucky for you, Rec Sports is offering free stress relief Group Fitness classes all day from December 18th to December 23rd. Simply bring your WisCard and check out the Group Fitness schedule to find a class that is right for you. Plus, use this as an opportunity to test out a class you may be interested in attending this spring.
And of course, the cherry on top of all of the finals week goodies is the pups and pals of Dogs on Call visiting Helen C. White (College Library) and Engineering Hall on December 16th. You can be sure students will make time in their busy schedules for an opportunity to pet and cuddle these furry friends. Stop by Engineering Hall from 1:00-2:30 p.m., or Helen C. White from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Don’t underestimate the power of cuddles. Take a break from your furious typing and give the pooches some love!
These are only a few of the Finals Week events going on at UW-Madison. Check in with some of your favorite campus departments and offices to find out what events they are holding this week and next. No matter how many exams you have or how little time you think there is to relax, take time to practice self care and manage your stress. Breath, stretch, and if the stress feels too overwhelming, talk to someone. Also, do not underestimate the importance of eating healthy and getting proper sleep. A good night of rest will benefit you more than staying awake, cramming.
We wish you luck on your first (or last) round of final exams at UW-Madison. Congratulations on finishing this semester, and get ready for even more experiences and opportunities in the spring! See #YouAtUW then.