As December approaches, students begin to take their last, yet most stressful leap—final exams. To help students destress, a series of in-person and virtual events to provide stress relief resources will take place from Monday, November 30 to Friday, December 11.
The event, known as DeStress Fest, is created in collaboration with departments across the Georgia State campuses, including the Office of the Dean of Students, Panther Activities Council, Spotlight Program Board, and more.
“We are living in such stressful times, so it is critical for students to utilize the many resources provided to help relieve stress. Georgia State University is committed to student wellness. We will always find the best ways to make sure our students succeed,” said Jaray Mazique, assistant dean of Dean of Students. The Office of Dean of Students will host a virtual Donuts with the Dean to provide destress tips and a meditation exercise on Wednesday, December 2.
Rather than thinking about final exams, students can get their minds read by Mark Toland, a master mind reader and mentalist, on Tuesday, December 1 or take part in the outdoor Trivia Competition on Wednesday, December 9. While some of these events are virtual and pre-recorded, other in-person activities will require registration. Students can join meditation, aerobics, yoga, or rock-climbing exercises.
On Thursday, December 3, Spotlight Programs Board will be providing treats and free giveaways at Student Center East. Come grab goodie bags filled with tea bags, candles, essential oils, lotion, and bath bombs. There will also be free GSU t-shirts while supplies last and coloring pages for students to grab. The Multicultural Center will be serving hot beverages and snacks surrounded by holiday music on Monday, December 7. Study and relaxation tips will be provided by the Learning and Tutoring Center, Access and Accommodations Center, and the Counseling Center.
As stated by Tonya Cook, the program specialist for the Multicultural Center, “This day is designed to offer destress tips, have fun, relax, and encourage them [students] to do their best to finish strong for the fall semester.”
As students wrap up the DeStress Fest, they can provide feedback and advice for Spring and Summer 2021 programs and events.
The Fest will follow COVID-19 social distancing guidelines to ensure that students are having fun and relaxing safely.
To see the list of events and registration information, visit https://deanofstudents.gsu.edu/destress-fest/.
By Pearl Dang