Do finals have you stressed out? There is no need to worry, since Western has you covered with help in everything from keeping healthy to good studying habits.
For students feeling overwhelmed about their classes, the Tutorial and Academic Skills Center (TASC) is the place to go for help with subjects ranging from math to biology. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Old Main 387, the TASC focuses on helping students achieve success in their general university requirement classes through tutoring. Until Dec. 7, hours and classes offered for tutoring will be the same as the rest of the year.
To see what classes are offered, and when go to TASC's Web site at http://www.wwu.edu/depts/tutorialcenter. The center stated that during finals week the schedule for tutors available for classes will differ, based on when the tutors themselves have classes. To find out when classes will be offered, students should call the center at 650-3855 or stop by the office in Old Main.
Students who are looking for somewhere to calm down, take their mind of studying and grades, or just need a friendly face to talk to should check out the Wellness Outreach Center (WOC). The WOC, located in Viking Union 432 offers those, and several other, services to Western students, said coordinator of the WOC Jackie Stein said. Staffed by Lifestyle Advisers, student volunteers who have had intensive training about health, wellness and social justice, the office offers fellow students a place to talk, as well as receive information about things like stress, relaxation, body image, safe sex and sleeping habits.
According to Stein, sleep is the most important thing students can do to reduce stress during finals week. Losing sleep compromises your metabolism, reduces your mental and physical coordination, and leaves you less prepared to take on the day. Students who simply need to have a quiet place to relax and get their mind of things can drop by WOC and have a free cup of tea and unwind on their couch, Stein added.
“At [the] WOC, we are explicitly here for students,” senior and Lifestyle advisor Zack Salloum said. “They are our priority.”
Want to learn more ways to deal with your stress? Then the Counseling Center, located in Old Main 540, has just the thing. They offer a relaxation training class that will continue to run through the Thursday of finals week. The classes, which focus on relaxation techniques ranging from breathing to positive imagery, are drop-in sessions either on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. or Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Now that you've prepared your brain and de-stressed your mind, perhaps you still need to blow off some steam. Why not stop by Student Recreation Center? With a climbing wall, swimming pool, basketball courts, indoor track, a weight room, and a fitness center; students have multiple ways to get exercise. For those students still needing to relax a little, the Recreation Center now offers Therapeutic Massages.
To check out hours and other information students can head to the Recreation Center, located on the south side of campus or look on their Web site at http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/recreate.