BSU is hosting some great events on campus to wind down during this stressful time of year that are available for those who just need a break. Finding ways to manage mental health between midterms and finals is crucial to the well-being of all students.
Among these events are visits with K9 Mikey, a friendly, trained black lab. These sessions are hosted by the Health Promotion in Weygand every other Tuesday from 2–3 p.m. Students are asked to list their stress levels before and after the session with the goal of stress reduction. “I think it helps the students to destress,” said Detective Sergeant Robert P. McEvoy (he/him). “It gives them a break where they can just come in and hang out with [Mikey] and focus on her, especially if they don’t have a dog at home… they can come and not worry about what’s going on in their own life or on campus.”
Another great resource for students is the public viewing nights in the observatory, located on the fifth floor of the Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center. Students can decompress while looking into our mysterious universe filled with stars and planets. These viewing nights are open to the public every Wednesday at varying times. Make sure to check the DMF observatory website for important details.
Additionally, exercise is an effective way to relax and burn off some anxiety. The John J. Kelly Gymnasium offers a variety of classes, such as yoga, spin, and Zumba. Multiple class offerings accommodate almost anyone’s schedule. Registration must be completed through the Campus Recreation website.
Other stress-relieving events on campus include Monday Meditation with the SVAS Center from 12:30–1 p.m., A Night at the Cinema on December 12th from 6–8 p.m. in the Dunn Conference Center, Cozy Community Creations on November 16th from 11–1 p.m. in the RSU lobby, and even therapy dogs that will be visiting the Maxwell Library on December 13th at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.