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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

Destress your week 12/5-12/10

From smashing plates to petting therapy dogs, there are plenty of activities on campus to help you destress before finals week!
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George Albu
A photograph of a sunset on Peabody Lawn, as captured on Nov. 20, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/George Albu)

As finals week rolls around, it can get extremely stressful. Balancing studying and your mental health is not always the easiest. If you’re unsure how to cope or just need a break there are several events around campus to help! Check out this weekly calendar to find out how to destress!

Tuesday, Dec. 5 

What: Do(Nut) Stress about finals

When: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2-4 p.m. CST

Where: Rand Wall (Sarratt Promenade if raining)

Who: University Counseling Center 

Why: Finals week can be extremely stressful. Take a break and grab some donuts and hot chocolate!

Wednesday, Dec. 6

What: Knead a Break

When: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 3-5 p.m. CST

Where: Center of Student Wellbeing

Who: University Counseling Center and Center for Student Wellbeing 

Why: Chair massages will be provided to help take off any extra stress! 

 

What: Gingerbread House Decorating Competition 

When: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 5-7 p.m. CST

Where: Rec Center Teaching Kitchen

Who: Rec Center 

Why: Come get in the holiday spirit while taking a break from studying! 

Thursday, Dec. 7

What: Doggone it, finals are coming

When: Thursday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. CST

Where: Central Library

Who: University Counseling Center 

Why: Take a break from studying to pet therapy pets with University Counseling Center staff!

 

What: Mega Destress Event

When: Thursday, Dec. 7, 7-10 p.m. CST

Where: Student Life Center

Who: Vanderbilt Programming Board and Housing and Residential Experience 

Why: You’ll be able to enjoy food from Cane’s, Velvet Taco and Bag Lady’s fries, plus coffee and boba. There will also be plate smashing, therapy dogs, candy bars, raffles and more!

 

What: Midnight Breakfast

When: Thursday, Dec. 7, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. CST

Where: Rand Dining Hall

Who: VSG, Vanderbilt Culinary Club and Vanderbilt Campus Dining

Why: Come eat delicious breakfast with your friends in your pajamas at this Vanderbilt tradition!

Friday, Dec. 8

What: Don’t Be Tardy for the Darty 

When: Friday,  Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. CST

Where: Rand Wall (Sarratt Promenade if raining)

Who: University Counseling Center 

Why: It’s the University Counseling Center’s first annual darty! Music, good vibes and games will be provided!

 

What: Clay Creations

When:  Friday, Dec. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. CST

Where: Rec Center Teaching Kitchen

Who: Rec Center 

Why: Get crafty this holiday season while making clay creations with your friends! 

Sunday, Dec. 10

What: The Rec Center is open 24/7

When: Dec. 10 – Dec. 14

Who: Rec Center

Why: Head to the rec to take a break from studying, workout or hangout with friends!

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TaMyra Johnson
TaMyra Johnson, Deputy Life Editor
TaMyra Johnson (‘27) is from Louisville, Ky., and is double majoring in communications and culture, advocacy and leadership in the College of Arts and Science. When not writing for The Hustler, you can find her reading, recording her podcast or listening to music. You can reach her at [email protected].
George Albu
George Albu, Staff Writer and Photographer
George Albu (‘27) is majoring in medicine, health and society in the College of Arts and Science. When not working for The Hustler, he enjoys taking long walks around campus, reading or watching video essays about anything and everything online. He can be reached at [email protected].
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