Time To Relax: Helping Students De-Stress Before Final Exams
Last semester, as students around the region hunkered down for finals, Rensselaer kicked off a series of social events and study programs to help students de-stress.
In its second year, the “Late Night Breakfast” event drew more than 1,000 students to the Commons Dining Room on Dec. 12—the first reading day for fall final exams. Beyond taking a break from studying, students had an opportunity to sample a menu that featured a variety of choices and all-time favorites, including buffalo chicken pizza, breakfast pizza, waffles and French toast with toppings, macaroni and cheese, veggie quesadillas, made-to-order omelets, and much more.
To support the event, 29 volunteers—including President Shirley Ann Jackson, several of her Cabinet members, and staff from the Residence Life, the Student Experience Office, the Office of the First-Year Experience, Athletics, the Administration Division, and the Office of Strategic Communications and External Relations—helped to serve the students.
A special highlight of the evening featured President Jackson leading students in the “Electric Slide” dance.
Beyond the breakfast event, several resident assistants hosted a series of “Finals Food Breaks” in the residence halls to make sure that residents took time out to recharge, socialize, and relax before hitting the books again.
Also, the Office of the Student Experience and the Office of the First-Year Experience opened a new study space for students in the Academy Hall auditorium. The space was staffed by members of the two offices. In addition, math mentors held drop in sessions for interested students.
Additional programs included the long-standing Study Days @ the Heffner Alumni House, coordinated by Rensselaer Red & White Student Organization. Rensselaer also offered a new Math Mentoring Program, with hours that were established during the Red & White Study days. The program assisted students enrolled in Calculus 1. At peak times, more than 600 students took advantage of the program.