ANCHOR: STRESS IS IN THE AIR AS STUDENTS AT KENT STATE UNIVERSITY PREPARE FOR THEIR UPCOMING EXAMS. BUT, DO THEY ACTUALLY HAVE THE TIME TO TAKE A BREATHER?
Finals week at Kent State University is a stressful time for students across campus. From freshman undergraduates to senior PH.D students, everyone is scrambling to cram for exams, write reports, and film final projects.
Kent State University is well aware of the fact that its students are facing a difficult last few weeks. In an effort to reduce stress among students, various organizations on campus host events for students to attend to get some R&R during their last few week of the semester. One recent event was a movie night hosted at the Center for Visual Arts building. Gracia Lu, the Vice President of the event was excited to tell how students would be viewing the Oscar nominated film, The BlacKkKlansman. However, only a handful of students attended the event.
“I thought it was a great film.” Breanna, a participant in the movie screening and journalism major said “I’ve definitely been needing to relax and these types of events help.
With the benefits of going to these types of events being so high, why are so few students participating?
Many are finding themselves at the KSU library, studying for exams. Many students feel as though they can’t take the time to go to events because they need to be focusing on their exams.
“I just don’t have the time.” Hannah Reiger said “Most of the time they don’t destress me enough to attend so I’d rather finish what I’m working on.”
If students feel as though they can’t attend these events because of finals, what can they do? Possible options include changing the times of events, providing easier access to R&R for commuter and graduate students, or just reducing the amount of work of finals. However, only time will tell.