For most college students, this time of year isn’t easy. As if holiday shopping and blustery winter weather aren’t stressful enough, December also marks the end of the fall semester and the start of final exams.
“I definitely haven’t been getting as much sleep lately,” said Julia Chipana, a first-year student currently preparing for three finals. “It can be rough.”
Chipana was one of dozens of students to stop by the Student Life Center in Lincroft on Dec. 9 for the start of this year’s Anti-Stress Week, hosted Brookdale’s Office of Student Life and Activities (SLA).
The long-running tradition, co-hosted by the Bankier Library and Brookdale’s Higher Education Centers, offers students the chance to kick back, unwind and recharge before taking their exams the following week.
“At this time of year, I think this is exactly the kind of thing that students need,” said SLA administrator Christopher Jeune. “It doesn’t require a lot of time or any additional commitment. You can just stop by, grab a snack and hang out for a while.”
This year’s Anti-Stress Week featured a wide range of amenities, including massage therapists and complimentary refreshments offered at each of Brookdale’s regional locations.
On Dec. 9, harpist Elizabeth Morgan-Ellis played a relaxing college hour set in the Student Life Center as students grabbed scones, coffee and waited for their turn on the massage table.
“It really does make a difference. It helps to take some time and just kind of center yourself,” said Mikaela Mazzeo, vice president of the Brookdale Student Life Board. “This month goes by so quickly.”
It can also be a stressful time of year for college faculty as well. Brookdale math instructor Betty Chien stopped by the event for a little “R&R” of her own before entering the home stretch of the fall semester.
“They found knots I didn’t even know I had,” Chien said, referring to the massage therapists from JennaLiz Face and Body in Sea Girt. “I feel so much better now.”
Check out the rest of this week’s Anti-Stress Week programming here.
For more photos of the event, click here.