It’s December so that means college finals are approaching. That means that college students are ready to freak out. Stress levels are at an all-time high during finals season because they are so important. College finals make up a majority of a final grade and that is enough to lose sleep over. There are ways for college students to relax and Universities around the country, including Hofstra, are doing what they can to make sure that college students are ready for their finals stress free.
Below is an info-graphic showing the effects of stress and how to deal with the stress of final exams.
The Hofstra University library is open 24 hours a day during finals week. This gives students plenty of time to prepare and if they need to study in a quiet area they get that opportunity. “Having the library open is huge, it is a great place to study,” says Hofstra Junior, Dylan Bower. The library is usually a busy place but during finals week it is a mad house. At night it settles down and a lot of students take advantage of that. Hofstra also gives students “snow days” where there is no class and students can study, or not study, during those days.
Other options for students are the idea that there are no finals. “I only have two finals, but I also have three final projects,” said Hofstra sophomore Connor Giblin. Giblin likes how he has time to finish final projects before finals week so he has plenty of time to study. Some professors understand how stressful a final exam can be so instead they assign a final paper or project for students to do in place of an exam. Final projects are something many students prefer as to a written exam.
Nationally, 17.3 percent of undergraduate and graduate students reported having depression, 7 percent reported anxiety and 6.3 percent reported serious thoughts about attempting suicide in a 2013 study by Daniel Eisenberg, an associate professor of health management. The University of Cincinnati found ways to deal with the stress. They set up tables with paint brushes and yarn where students could go and create art. It was a distraction students could do in-between studying. Sometimes it is good to have a break and something as simple as painting could be a release for students and help them out in the long run.
Final exams are hard for all students and they all have their ways to cope. Universities and college professors do their best to accommodate with finals week but stress in inevitable. It is up to the student to deal with it.
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