Coping with stress during finals week

By Daniel Flores

Finals week is upon us, and students are beginning to prepare for a week that can be very stressful.

Student rituals range from locking themselves in their rooms until the very last second to partying every night to get their minds off school.

Christopher Huerta, a junior history student, fits in the middle of the techniques above.

He said that he likes to be present in the moment and tries to focus hard on one thing at a time.

“Anytime near crunch time of finals week I have to calm down and approach one class at a time. The big picture of finals week is just too overwhelming,” said Huerta.

Most students at Cal Poly Pomona take at least 12 units a quarter, which gives students at least three finals to worry about, which can lead to a lot of stress.

According to a study done by the ChildLine National Exam Stress Survey, 96 percent of people feel anxious about finals and 64 percent of people feel like they do not receive any support when dealing with finals.

CPP’s Wellness Center is available as a safe haven for those dealing with finals week stress.

At the center, students can test their stress levels and see if they are dealing with stress in a healthy way.

They even provide puppies for students who need a break from the stress of finals week.

Still, students need to find their own ways to deal with finals.

“Stretching with my headphones on without any music helps. The lack of noise keeps me in the moment and stretching gives me the control I need. This gives me time to myself to help figure out how I am going to attack finals week,” said Huerta.

Students and teachers must strive to find their happy place during this very taxing time of the school year.

Finals week has become a quarterly ritual for all students at CPP.

It doesn’t matter if you are studying to become an engineer, journalist, hospitality manager or graphic designer, you still have to partake in the tradition, but when all of your finals are finally done, you can look forward to relaxing and shutting down until it all starts up again.

The Wellness Center is located north of the College of Environmental Design (Bldg. 7) and south of Lot J.

For more information, visit http://www.cpp.edu/~healthcounseling/wellness-services/index.shtml

CPP student Izzy Khalil is utilizing campus resources to prepare for the upcoming finals week

Eviana Vergara / The Poly Post

CPP student Izzy Khalil is utilizing campus resources to prepare for the upcoming finals week

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