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Surviving Finals Week

The Undergraduate Government of Boston College and Campus Activities Board have collaborated to organize "The Finals Stress Survival Guide," which will be held on the academic quad on Tuesday, May 3, to help BC students ease stress during finals week.

“We felt the need to host a finals stress relief event due to the anxiety and stress commonly seen among students during finals week,” said Claire Oh, MCAS’18, and Sophomore Senator from UGBC. This event will introduce numerous mental health resources available on campus to students from a wide range of departments.

The University Counseling Services is open to BC students for general mental health consulting. Students can make appointments with University Counseling and take advantage of the individual counseling, group therapy, and psychiatric services it provides. The step-by-step guide to making appointments with University Counseling and a description of their services can be found here. On the University Counseling website, Feel Better Now Resources provides online resources as a first step to deal with anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and other issues.

Students can also chat with a health coach from the Office of Health Promotion (OHP) to manage stress and develop a better schedule to reach their goals. A variety of programs are available at OHP to enhance both physical and mental well-being, such as nourishing counseling to promote healthy eating habits and help students explore BC dining ideas. Feel Healthy Now offers sleep advice to help students achieve better sleep qualities. OHP will host a pet therapy Paws for a Break to bring puppies onto campus on May 9, and Health Coaches will be at the table on Tuesday from 12 pm to 1 am to pass out more information about how to manage stress.

Other available sources include Campus Ministry and Residential Life. UGBC consolidated information regarding on-campus resources on a flyer with the help of Dr. Craig D. Burns from University Counseling.

“University Counseling and seeking help may be intimidating for some students, but we hope that by making these guides and publicizing the resources available, no student will feel as if they have nowhere to turn for help,” said Oh.

“The event is a more playful way to promote mental health on campus during a stressful time for a lot of students," she added. "Free food is always a nice way to brighten a stressful day and we hope to reach as many students as possible by tabling on the academic quad. Pizzas, stress balls and coloring pages will be handed out at the event. Puppies (brought on campus by CAB with Puppies and People) will be on the quad from 11 am to 2 pm.

More events coming up during the last week of class:
Wednesday: Field Day — volleyball, wiffleball, bocce (Stokes Amphitheater from 12 pm - 4 pm)
Thursday: Mudstock — mud volleyball (Edmonds Parking Lot from 10 am - 3 pm)
Thursday: Modstock — Beach Party ft. T-Pain (Modlot from 3:30 pm - 6 pm)

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