"Destress Fest" will return for finals

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Christopher Lacroix

Finals are without a doubt one of the most stressful times of the year for students, with so many exams or papers due in such a short period of time. While dealing with this much stress it is important to be able to take a minute for yourself and not focus on finals. Peers Advocating Wellness for Students (PAWS) aims to help students do this by providing activities on the study day to break the cycle of the stress that is studying for finals. As the Mental Wellness Educator for PAWS, one of my responsibilities is the planning and executing of this event, called Destress Fest. I thought it would be helpful to answer some of the questions students have had about this event.
Q: What actually is Destress Fest?
A: Destress Fest is an event put on by PAWS at the end of the semester on the study day (December 8th). It is meant to provide students with stress relieving activities as they prepare for upcoming finals.
Q: Where is it taking place this year?
A: This year Destress Fest will be taking place in the Hagan Campus Center.
Q: What kinds of events have taken place at Destress Fest?
A: In the past we have included coloring stations, healthy snack tables, raffles, aromatherapy and massage stations, as well as different types of animals.
Q: Are puppies ever brought onto campus for finals?
A: Unfortunately no, we used to bring in puppies but the amount of students who wanted to see them was too great and the crowds ended up causing the puppies an unhealthy amount of stress.

Q: Are any other animals brought in?
Yes, in the past we have brought in baby farm animals (which can better handle stress) but our budget only allows for them to be brought in every other semester. This semester we will be trying something new by bringing in adult stress relief dogs and their handlers.
A: Can students expect anything new for this years Destress Fest?
Yes in addition to the dogs we plan on expanding the event and incorporating as many different clubs possible, this way we get more students engaged and we can accomplish our goal of providing stress relief to the campus.

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