Walk through the campus library, and the anxiety is practically palpable. As far as the eye can see, notebooks and flashcards litter every available workspace, students double fist cups of coffee, desktops double as pillows, and – judging from the smell – showering has apparently taken a backseat to round-the-clock studying.
There’s no denying it now: finals week is upon us.
It’s a well-known fact that feeling stressed in college comes with the territory, but finals week is one of the few times per year when stress levels are at an all-time high. Combine little sleep, too much caffeine, and the pressure of three papers, five exams, and two presentations weighing on your GPA all at once, and it’s enough to make anyone a little crazy.
While college stress may not be anything new, it is part of a much bigger issue. According to Emory University (one school that’s doing something to ease finals stress), social and academic pressure is one big factor that contributes to suicide or suicidal thoughts on college campuses. In light of increasing suicide rates among 15- to 24-year-olds, colleges are taking notice of the immense pressure their students are feeling – and, at a time when stress and anxiety levels peak, they’re doing something to help.