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Six ways for students to finish the semester strong
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As the semester winds down, some students may feel the pressure building up. Recognizing that positive and holistic well-being contributes to academic success, Campus Life has launched a “Be Well, Your Way” resource hub to help students thrive. The website features links to resources and services across campus related to career, cultural, emotional, financial, intellectual, physical, sexual, spiritual and social well-being. The goal of the hub is to allow students quick and easy access to get the help they need when they need it.

Below are six ways students can care for their well-being, including resources highlighted on the hub as well as study breaks and study tips to help through final exams.

  1. Connect to community. Different identities come with different experiences, which is why Emory has a plethora of affinity groups for students to find their place of belonging. LGBT Life, the Office for R.A.C.E., the Center for Women, Asian Student Center, Centro Latinx and Emory Black Student Union are just a few of the areas on campus that offer opportunities to learn, socialize and serve.  
  2. Get moving. Feeling good requires a holistic approach, focused on mind and body. Whether you have an hour or 15 minutes, working up a sweat is a great way to release tension, clear your mind and recharge after a long day. Try going for a walk at Lullwater Preserve, participating in a group fitness class or doing a few laps at the SAAC outdoor pool.  
  3. Talk it out. For nonurgent mental health situations, the Emory HelpLine is an anonymous, peer-counseling telephone service that is open from 9 p.m.-Midnight daily through April 25. Call 404-727-4357 (HELP) and vent to someone who gets it. In addition to talking to a peer, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers regular appointments and crisis care for students. Same-day walk-in appointments are available, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For non-urgent care, students can typically schedule an initial consultation appointment within one to three business days online or by phone at 404-727-7450. All Emory students — undergraduate, graduate and professional — have access to TimelyCare, a free 24/7 mental and medical telehealth provider. Using TimelyCare’s TalkNow platform, students can talk to a licensed professional counselor within 15 minutes of downloading the TimelyCare app and completing a simple intake form. The app also features guided meditations, advice from nurse practitioners and help finding low- to no-cost prescriptions.
  4. Meditate, pray or attend a religious service.  For many people, faith helps to drive out fear. The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) offers ways for students of all belief systems to explore their own spirituality. View the calendar for a full list of religious services and gatherings. There are also a dozen sacred spaces for meditation and prayer on the Atlanta and Oxford campuses. In addition, chaplains in OSRL are available for pastoral care, which is a form of confidential care and counseling provided by spiritual and humanistic leaders. Pastoral care is available to students, faculty and staff of all faiths and no faith. Contact a chaplain to schedule an appointment. 
  5. Study smarter. Cramming and all-nighters aren’t exactly the best way to de-stress and achieve success. Take advantage of academic success resources on topics such as wellness, studying and test-taking skills, and motivation and procrastination. CAPS also offers tips for coping with test anxiety, imposter syndrome, perfectionism and other barriers to showing up as your best self. 
  6. Take a break. Grades are important, but you matter more. Check out the Take a Break guide on how to rest and renew your energy during exams. There are also several study breaks planned across campus; check them out in The Hub. In addition, Emory Police Department is passing out study break kits filled with candy and self-care items in the Student Center during finals week, Emory Dining is hosting Twilight Breakfast and more.

Monday, April 25 

SPC Spring Study Break, 5-7 p.m. on McDonough Field  

First Year Finale, 8-10 p.m. on First-Year Quad

Twilight Breakfast, 10 p.m.-Midnight at the DCT  

Tuesday, April 26 

Students of Color Study Break, hosted by Office for RACE; 12-3 p.m., AMUC first floor; register by April 22 for a study break kit 

Finals Destress, hosted by the Office of Health Promotion, 4-7 p.m. in Student Center MPR 5-6 

Tuesday, April 26-Monday, May 2

Stress Release Group Fitness Classes at the WoodPEC  


Wednesday, April 27  

LGBTeas: Paint Unwind, 5-6 p.m. in AMUC 225 

EPASS Workshop and Study Hall (open to all students), 7-10 p.m. in Math and Science E301 

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