Week 13. It’s one of the worst weeks for all uni students. Scrambling desperately to submit the final assignments while having one eye on the upcoming exams and trying to cram in some last minute study all in a coffee-fuelled, sleep-deprived haze.
But there is one positive to this time of year – Stress Less Week.
Run every year by UC Life, Stress Less Week is a chance for students to unwind, eat free food, seek support and realise there’s much more to life than staring at their assignment-filled MacBook Pro. This year is no different, with a variety of events on each day of the week.
Campus Life Coordinator Louise Kempson says, “The aim the events is not necessarily to take a lot of time away from the students’ study but to give them a little break and to somewhat assist them as well.”
Starting from Monday, the week includes free lollies at the Candy Shop on Monday and a free BBQ on Tuesday. Food is also available on Thursday and Friday in the form of chocolate, cake, coffee and bacon and eggs. As well as live music on Tuesday and Thursday.
To get your fitness in for the week there will be an 80’s themed workout on Tuesday, as well Dodgeball (to vent some of that pent up study rage) on Thursday.
Make your way to the concourse on Wednesday afternoon to cuddle some of UC’s newest and cutest friends, therapy dogs! Need I say anymore?
While student health is not the primary focus of the week, Admin Officer for Student Welfare and the Elite Athlete Office, Nathan Jones encourages students to make the most of the services available to them.
“There isn’t any specific extra health support other than there being appointment sessions available, drop-in sessions available for Welfare and drop-in sessions for Inclusion and Engagement.”
Students are also able to make appointments with Medical and Counselling. For students seeking academic support, Jones said that the normal Study Skills, MASH (Maths and Science Help) sessions and PALS (Peer Assisted Learning) sessions are all still available.
You can find the Stress Less schedule here.