Stress Fest


I’m sure every high school student with older friends in college has heard horror stories abut Finals Week. And I’m not going to pretend that final exams are easy, because they’re usually not. But Transy has come up with lots of ways to make the last week of each semester more manageable.

First, depending on the classes you take, final exams aren’t a sure thing. Now, I don’t want to get your hopes up because most classes do have final exams and you will have to study hard. But I lucked out this semester — all the classes I took had different final projects. No exams for me! I did have big papers, presentations, and projects, so I still had a lot of work to do, but I think papers are less stressful than exams. So there is that possibility.

But more importantly, Transylvania’s Student Activities Board hosts a week-long event every year called Stress Fest and it’s full of stress-relieving activities to bring some fun and relaxation to Finals Week. Here were some of the coolest events and activities they planned for this semester’s Stress Fest:

  • Make Your Own Stress Ball station in the Front Lobby of Forrer Hall. I saw students carrying around their creations all week!
  • ImprompTU show in the cafeteria — as I’ve mentioned in this blog several times, if you’re ever on campus to see our student improv team perform, don’t miss it. Every show this year has been great! Always hilarious.
  • Late Night Breakfast is always held on the Monday of Finals Week (which we call Reading Day because there are no exams scheduled for that day). Professors come serve breakfast for students starting at 9pm and it’s a great way to take a study break, eat pancakes — and there are always raffles for cool prizes, too!
  • On Wednesday of Finals Week, two delicious local spots offered special deals for Transy students! Third Street Stuff offered 50% off drinks all day (I’m not a big coffee drinker, but I got a delicious Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate for $2!) and North Lime (a delicious donut shop on North Limestone Street) offered 15% off!

So even though Finals Week will probably never be the most fun week of your semester, at Transylvania we’ve found ways to break up the stress and get some nice perks to help us study and write! And now it’s off for Winter Break!