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The culmination of another semester brings many things: caffeine binges, mental breakdowns, mass emails asking for course notes after skipping class too many times, and stress. Tons of stress.

All of that can be a lot to handle for the average Penn State student, so here’s a rundown of the best events and items that different organizations and businesses will offer students to wind down between study sessions . If you’re running out of meal points, a lot of these options include food, so you might be able to hit all of them up and survive on free meals and coffee until you leave for Winter Break.

1. Pattee-Paterno Library

The University Libraries will bring back their student-loved “De-Stress Fest,” starting on Sunday, Dec. 14 and lasting through Wednesday, Dec. 17. in 103 Paterno. There will be games and art therapy, coffee and snacks, and, most importantly, MASSAGES until 6 p.m. The massages are first come, first serve Monday and Tuesday, but I can say from personal experience that they are definitely worth the wait. The Paterno lobby will also feature Play-doh and puzzles, while the Pattee lobby will have Wii, life-sized Jenga, puzzles, and a button-making machine. Why should you ever leave the library with all that fun stuff going on?

The libraries have also expanded their hours for finals, offering continuous, 24-hour service until closing at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19. MacKinnon’s Café, located at the bottom of west Pattee, will be open until 1 a.m. throughout the week.

2. HUB

UPUA will present “Finals Frenzy” in the HUB today, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., where it will have tables with free school supplies and snacks, including blue books, pencils, pens, note cards, and highlighters. Get your necessities there so you don’t have to be that person.

3. McLanahan’s

Everyone’s favorite go-to store for literally everything, McLanahan’s will bring back their free cups of coffee to students for finals week. The store’s manager stated that the offer will most likely start on Sunday evening and will last throughout the week.

4. Yoga

Lila Yoga Studios will offer free yoga for students on Monday, Dec. 15 through Friday, Dec. 19. Located at 103 E. Beaver Ave., the studio will open up every class on its schedule for students to channel their inner yogi and get a breather between exams. Some of the classes are more than just your standard “downward dog” though. Lila Yoga holds mindfulness practices, contemporary dance classes, and more. Namaste!

5. University Health Services

CAPS and UHS are both typically popular finals de-stress spots for students, especially in the spring with their outdoor “Caring Canines” and “Fun for Finals” activities. Although those services will not be offered this finals week, the center will have crisis intervention and initial consultations available during finals week for students who are struggling with end-of-the-semester stress, anxiety, depression, or anything else.

6. Miscellaneous

Some of the academic colleges offer opportunities to their students to unwind, like the College of Communications’ popular “Brunch Crunch,” so keep an eye out for the information in those emails you usually delete from your college’s ListServ.

After a call to probably the most important vendor of finals week food, Insomnia Cookies, a representative for the company commented that, “promotions for students may happen sometime next week.” Keep your hopes up for some kind of free cookie package, coming soon to a desk near you.

Know of any other offers to alleviate exam stress during finals week? Let us know in the comments!

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Bridget Markham

Bridget is a junior majoring in journalism with minors in Spanish and art history. She still hasn’t figured out what she wants to do with her life yet, hence the art history. Like the typical north Jersey native that she is, Bridget enjoys Bruce Springsteen, the Yankees, and the Jersey shore… and she refuses to acknowledge that she has an accent from her home state. She can usually be found at either Saint’s or Webster’s, and if not there, the hiking trails. You can contact her at [email protected]

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