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Highlighter: Stress Busting Edition

Welcome to “The Highlighter,” where we’ll be exploring the various new and old services and resources available through the Falvey!


’Tis the season, Wildcats! That means more assignments in seemingly less time than ever before. The coming weeks will test you. Yes, literally on the final exams for sure, but you’ll also be tested out of the classroom in how you can effectively manage the burdens of the end of the semester push.

Falvey can help; here are three resources available through the best campus library on the planet:

1). Stress busting events, Dec. 11 & 12. We’ll see you on Monday, Dec. 11, for our annual “open house” in the first floor lounge from 12pm-3pm. This year will include socializing, a raffle, a Will D. Cat appearance, and (drum roll, please!) … A hot tater tot bar with all the fixins’!

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We believe in YOU!

We’ll follow that up with a visit from Pals for Life from 1pm-3pm on Dec. 1 in Room 205. That day will also feature a study break with Provost Patrick Maggitti, Ph.D., from 3pm-4pm in the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room Lobby; hot chocolate will be served.

2.) Stress busting books. You’ll find articles and books in our databases that explore the scientific underpinnings of stress and even ones that look at the effects of stress on business. You’ll also find, however, a few books that explore the practical side of overcoming stress – like this one by the Harvard Medical School or “Managing Stress” by Brian Luke Seaward. A quick search might even turn up old blog posts, like this Curious ’Cat.

3.) Stress-free spaces. There’s some comfort in hunkering down for those long study sessions surrounded by other people pushing through along with you. You can find a number of collaborative study spaces here in the library from the first floor to the Learning Commons. If you’re more of a silent studier, the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room is also available 24/7.

Disclaimer: These resources can help you deal with the normal stress levels that accompany this time of year. If you are suffering, or you think a friend may be suffering, with what you believe to be beyond normal stress levels, do not hesitate to reach out to the Counseling Center.


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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.


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