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De-Stress Fest Returns to Help Students Unwind, Celebrate Semester

This fall's semesterly event will run from Dec. 5-13.

NC State students unwind at Howl and Chills: Cultivating Self-Love, an event during last year's De-Stress Fest.
NC State students unwind at Howl and Chills: Cultivating Self-Love, an event during last year's De-Stress Fest.

NC State students who want a chance to reset, refocus and celebrate their accomplishments during finals week will get to do exactly that. 

From Dec. 5-13, NC State Wellness and Recreation is supporting De-Stress Fest, the semesterly event series geared towards helping students “de-stress” as they prepare for and take their final exams. Previously called “Finals Survival Week,” De-Stress Fest was rebranded a few years ago to emphasize the range of opportunities the series offers and create opportunities for students to unwind as the semester ends. 

“There’s been a shift in what we want to highlight during finals week,” said Cameron Nix, NC State’s Wellness Programs Coordinator. “So we gave it this form to allow students to de-stress, to recharge their inner batteries and use this time for relaxation.” 

Last winter, De-Stress Fest significantly increased its campus partnerships to promote the event for students in more spaces such as residence and dining halls. 

Nix said that last semester’s series was highly successful, with representation from students attending events across Main and Centennial Campus. 

“It’s really rewarding…,” Nix said. “We’re happy to help shift the narrative about finals season and provide more opportunities for students to unwind and celebrate another semester coming to an end.”

This semester’s events offer great variety for those looking to optimize their studying habits, tackle stress head-on, or enjoy the final days on campus before the semester restarts. Several events are geared towards setting yourself up for success, for example, a DIY Study Planning Session and Exam Essentials Kit giveaways on Main and Centennial Campus. 

De-Stress Fest signature events like Puppies and Pizza, Howl and Chill: Whine and Design, and more are available online.

“We know that during this time, students just want to cross that finish line,” Nix said. “We want to celebrate them crossing that line towards the end of the semester, and these event are designed to do just that.” 

Nix explained that some events, such as the Whine and Design program, require pre-registration, but several drop-in programs exist.

Interested students should continue to check the De-Stress Fest page on Wellness and Recreation’s website, as well as the University Events Calendar, as Nix said that new events are populating daily. Some programs, such as Tools to Handle Stress, are available for faculty and staff in English and Spanish.

Nix added, “Every program is unique, so look out to see what best fits you.”