In what is perhaps the busiest week of the year for most students, Students’ Association is doing their part to provide a break from the stress.
During Lighten Your Load Week, the week before final exams begin, SA will offer a different service to students with the goal to relieve some of the stress that comes with the end of the semester.
“Obviously it is a busy time for everyone, but our goal is to equip and empower students to finish the semester strong,” said Beau Carter, junior political science major from Farmers Branch and vice president of SA. “Even though this is my busiest week of the year, I think it is important to provide opportunities to unite the student body and give everyone a break.”
The events started Monday with SA providing hot chocolate and warm apple cider in the Campus Center. On Tuesday, students received library care packages with scan-trons, pencils and granola bars. In addition, a Starbucks coupon for free coffee was given away.
SA partnered with Pura Vida Wednesday to distribute free massages, and students will have the chance to abandon the books altogether Thursday night to attend ACU Christmas Slam in which there will be giveaways, food and Wildcat basketball.
Lighten Your Load Week will wrap up Friday with a chili cook-in. Chili will be served in the library atrium to anyone still studying.
SA is not the only group on campus going out of their way to give students a break prefinals-week stress.
The Student Alumni Association will have Midnight Breakfast on dead day as a celebration of the end of the semester.
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee is also having an event on the evening of dead day. Their activity, Dead Day Drop, encourages Wildcat student-athletes to take a break from studying and enjoy snacks with the ACU athletic community.
“This is a great opportunity for athletes to come together and think about something other than their school work for a little bit,” said Kyle Karnei, sophomore accounting and finance major from Waco and president of SAAC. “With 330 student athletes, this is a unique opportunity to get together but also to relieve some stress.”