It’s finals week at Weatherford College which brings a mixture of anxiety and anticipation for many students as they complete the next step in their academic journey.
To help ease the stress caused by finals, the Follow Our Lead Coalition hosted a DeStress Fest last week to give students a reprieve from studying. Activities included rock painting, a photo booth, chair massages, yoga and guided meditation. There was also a hot chocolate station and food provided by Raising Cane’s.
This was the second time FOL offered a stress release activity this semester. In October, the organization hosted Stress Less and brought many of these same events to campus in addition to pet therapy.
“We thought it would be a good idea to host these events around midterm and finals time because school tends to demand much more around those times and more demands easily translate to more stress,” said Katherine Neale, FOL program director.
FOL is a grant-funded coalition placed on the WC campus by Challenge of Tarrant County and is focused on spreading awareness and prevention of underage/college binge drinking and substance use and advocates for healthier lifestyle choices.
“FOL works with other departments on campus such as the counseling department, student affairs, The Coalition of Human Service Providers and the Academic Support Center to equip and empower students to make intentional choices connected to their health and safety,” Neale said. “For example, our DeStress Fest aimed to teach students to reduce stress in a variety of healthy ways instead of turning to alcohol, drugs, sleepless nights and junk food.”