As we near the end of Term 2, and the official halfway point of many degrees here at Warwick, it’s difficult to face that yet another year of university has passed. Term 3 brings stress for many students – in the forms of exams, essay deadlines, and deadlines for internships and jobs over summer. In this time, it’s difficult to find somewhere to forget about that stress and stay positive on campus.
Yet, when looking in the right places, there’s so many ways to improve this as we head into this time of the year. For example, the Doggy Destress Days that are held at the Library and fantastic to be able to get to see animals around campus that liked being petted and are trained Pets as Therapy animals – unlike some that are seen more often around campus (like the geese)! Not only does it let you destress by being around animals, but finding out more about their lives and the work of the charity is a great time in the afternoon.
Yogi – one of the Pets as Therapy dogs!
Another way to destress, especially in third term, is taking the opportunity to try out a new sports club or society. With the less competitive period taking place in third term, as well as some new taster sessions and lower turn out at usual sessions due to exams, it’s worth getting in contact with a sport/society that you have been interested in trying! Being able to take part in a less stressful situation and have fun while doing so is a great place to stay positive.
Exploring the local area in the sun and (hopefully) better weather is also a lovely way to stay positive over exam period. Walks across to Kenilworth, a trip into Birmingham, or even Stratford-Upon-Avon are all day trips that will brighten up any day. This doesn’t even have to be a full day trip if revision is something that you’re concerned about – exploring the woods between Gibbet Hill and central campus, or up over in Westwood can take an hour of your time and provide enough of a break for you to go back with renewed energy to whatever you started doing. This is something I did a lot last year during revision, and really helped me focus back on my work after that break in the sun and warm!
Hopefully this has given you a few different ideas for ways to stay positive as we reach an evermore stressful time in third term – whether that be through university hosted sessions or individual exploring. What are some of your favourite things to do when you’re stressed and needing to stay positive on campus?