The end of the semester is often one of the most stressful and difficult times for students. To support the Clarkson College community during this busy season, the Student Support Team (SST) and Wellness Committee co-hosted relaxation stations on Nov. 6, and the Alumni Association sponsored study halls Dec. 3–4.
The goal of hosting relaxation stations is to help students facing the stress of final exams, papers and projects during the end of the semester. Providing fun activities in a relaxed atmosphere gives participants the opportunity to take a much-needed study break, refresh their minds and connect with their classmates. The College community has offered relation stations four times since 2017, and organizers recently expanded their efforts to offer them twice a year. “The idea was born from our efforts to support and foster resiliency in students, faculty and staff,” said SST member and Director of Community Health and Interprofessional Education Sarah Flanagan.
Although activities vary each semester, the station set-up allows students to spend as little or as much time as they want at each individual station. Attendees chose from multiple activities this semester, including playing with Play-Doh, filling out pages from adult coloring books and crafting their very own stress ball. Another popular station allowed students to try their hand at the Zentangle method of drawing. This practice allows inexperienced artists to create intricate images by drawing structured patterns while promoting relaxation, focus and creativity.
Relaxation station attendees also enjoyed free massages provided by Nebraska Medicine therapists as well as healthy snacks courtesy of the Wellness Committee. “This type of event emphasizes self-care as a means to address stress,” said Flanagan. “It continues to be one of our most popular events each semester.”
Students also had the opportunity to utilize study halls sponsored by the Alumni Association during finals week. Attendees stopped by Howard Hall over the two-day period to complete homework, finish projects and study for finals. The Alumni Association offered healthy snacks and a relaxing environment to help students cope with finals week stress.
One of the event highlights included the canine guests from Love on a Leash. The organization brought in a poodle named Lacey and a Golden Retriever named Sally who interacted with students and provided much-needed stress relief. Students welcomed the study break and were grateful for the opportunity to play and interact with the friendly dogs. The Alumni Association-sponsored study halls have been held during the fall and spring semesters since 2011.