Dead Week

Ahh, Dead Week. For those of you who don’t know, the week right before Final Exams is referred to as “Dead Week,” for obvious reasons. This year, I have six finals spread out over four days, and that is extremely stressful, to say the least. A lot of students tend to go a little bit crazy during these two weeks. Fortunately, there are services here at the University that can help students get through this time.

The Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) often sponsors stress-relieving programs during these two weeks. This week, they are offering free chair massages, and they have set up an exhibit in the library about how to keep proper posture during relentless hours of studying. A few weeks ago, they sponsored a yoga event to promote exercise and wellbeing. I recently chatted with the head of CHEW, Stephanie Adamec, and she was very excited to talk about these programs with me. She is a great resource for students who want to improve their personal health and the health of the school community.

For more serious issues, the Counseling Center is always available to offer aid to students. Being able to talk about the stresses of this time period with a counseling professional can be cathartic and crucial to leading a well-balanced life.

Academically, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) offers tutoring year-round in a multitude of subjects. It is to students’ benefits to take advantage of the wisdom of others who have succeeded in the classes in which they are currently struggling. In addition, the Writing Center is open during this week and finals, so any last-minute assignments or final papers can be edited.

I wish all students the best of luck during the end of the semester! Let the excitement of Christmas propel you forward through this difficult time.


Ms. Juliana C. Vossenberg

Hello! My name is Juliana Vossenberg, and I hail from Fredericksburg, Virginia. I am a sophomore Theology/Religious Studies major with Biology and Philosophy minors. In addition, I am on the pre-medicine track and in the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program. I sing in the Performance Choir, am a member of the Health Professions Organization, and work as a writing fellow at the CTLE's Writing Center.

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