Stress reduction during study days, finals week

Opportunities available across campus to end semester well with health in body, mind

Hey RPI, I hope you have had a wonderful last week of classes. It’s time for the final push before summer break!

As our time here at RPI winds down, it is the time for club officers to look forward to next year. Who will be in charge of setting up your table at the activities fair? For those who are new to office what questions do you have for your predecessor who may be graduating? Planning these things while you are still on campus makes it easier for you to ask for help, or gather your members to finalize your fall recruitment strategies. If you prepare and plan now your return in the fall will be far less stressful!

Now I know thoughts of summer and wishing for sunshine and warm weather is on everyone’s minds, but I hope you find time to study for your exams. For those of you who do, I hope you take advantage of the study days occurring at the Heffner Alumni House, hosted by Red & White. This weekend “the Heff,” as we lovingly call it, will be open so you can study for your finals while enjoying a pleasant atmosphere complete with free snacks and coffee. There will be tutors available for most intermediate level classes and study rooms available for reservation to be used by study groups throughout the day. If you and your friends are looking for a place to study be sure to stop by! The Heff will be open around the clock from 7 am on Saturday, May 10 to 3 am on Monday, May 12 to fulfill all your study needs.

For the times when you aren’t hunkered down studying, there are many finals week stress relieving activities going on in the Rensselaer Union, the Mueller Center, and across campus over the coming week. Whether your dream study break includes boxing classes, massages, petting puppies, playing basketball, a snack in the Clubhouse Pub, or yoga, there will be an activity for you to blow off some steam. Also, remember there are always councelors and health professionals in health center to help you manage your stress and make a study plan for the week ahead. Events are being advertised all over campus so be sure to keep a look out for that perfect study break.

I hope everyone enjoys their last days in Troy before the summer break.

I will be here for the next two weeks so if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to get involved, be sure to stop by my office or send me an email.