Campus Fun: 10 Great Activities Colleges are Providing for Their Students to Destress During Finals Week!

Stress Less for Success

We've all been there. Finals week is by far the most stressful time on campus. And no one has a better eye for recognizing and responding to students in distress than the folks in Student Affairs. Fortunately, many creative SA professionals have come up with fun and clever ideas to help their harried students to destress and release some tension through rewarding and engaging activities.

Here are some of our favorite stress-relieving ideas we're seeing on college campuses during Finals Week!

1. Pinterest and Popcorn

Brownies, popcorn, craft projects and free door prizes at CU Boulder

2. Late Night Breakfast

PJs & Pancakes after dark at the University of Missouri - St. Louis

3. Tea Time

Tea, scones and lots of good conversations at James Madison University

4. Holiday Door Decorating

Student organizations and departments participated in a door decorating contest at Bridgewater State University

5. Slacklining, Campfire & S'mores

Students at the University of North Texas get outdoors to walk the line and roast up a sweet snack

6. Coloring and Cocoa

William Paterson University students channel their inner artists with Crayola, creativity and hot cocoa

7. Cram Jam Study Break

Massages, food and free giveaways at Merrimack College

8. PlayDoh Power Hour

Tactile play with colorful clay! Students at the University of Nebraska Omaha squeeze out their frustrations with everyone's favorite childhood dough

9. Stress Relief Yoga

At the University of Rhode Island, students gather together for some stress-relieving and restorative yoga

10. Pause for Paws

Westminster College students harness puppy power to lower stress levels during Finals Week.

In fact, puppy rooms are gaining popularity across the country as a nearly cost-free way to reduce anxiety. Read more on how campus therapy dogs offer a helping paw to stressed students!

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