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Beat exam stress with live music, meditation labyrinth

Students welcomed to relaxing spaces to re-energize during exam weeks
December 14, 2015
University of Calgary music student Matthew Beaubien plays music for his fellow students in the KNES Atrium during lunch hour on Friday, Dec. 11. There will be live music in the atrium during the noon hour until the end of the exam period.

University of Calgary music student Matthew Beaubien plays music for his fellow students in the KNES Atrium during lunch hour on Friday, Dec. 11. There will be live music in the atrium during the noon hour until the end of the exam period. 

University of Calgary music student Matthew Beaubien plays music for his fellow students in the KNES Atrium during lunch hour on Friday, Dec. 11. There will be live music in the atrium during the noon hour until the end of the exam period.

Students are invited to listen to live music or take a walk around a meditation labyrinth to de-stress during exam week.

The SU Wellness Centre and the Faith and Spirituality Centre are hosting two spaces for students to relax and re-energize during the exam period.

“This is a stressful time of year for students,” said Debbie Bruckner, senior director of Student Wellness, Access and Support.

“We want to ensure that students have all of the tools possible to deal with end-of-semester stress and to succeed in their courses. Sometimes, just a few minutes spent listening to soothing music or being reflective while walking the labyrinth can be helpful.”

University of Calgary music students Matthew Beaubien and Steven Dorscher will be playing live music in the KNES B Atrium from 11 a.m. until noon every weekday from Dec. 11 to Dec. 22.

The labyrinth will be set up in the Dance Studio, room KNA 163 and will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Dec. 14-18.

The labyrinth is made up of a large fabric maze that can be used as a form of walking meditation, for prayer or as a healing modality.

Whether students just need a quick study break or they need to clear their mind before an exam, both spaces will be available to help.

When preparing for exams, students should remember to:

  • Start early
  • Plan your review
  • Practice the skills and behaviours you will have to demonstrate on the test
  • Get feedback as you study
  • Take care of your physical and emotional well-being as you study

Students looking for more information on dealing with exam anxiety or on improving their exam or study skills can visit the SU Wellness Centre website