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Exam-time activities planned for students

De-Stress for Success

Atkins Library has planned a number of events to help students de-stress, take a break, and relax during exams. 

Relaxation and Meditation with CAPS

Meditation for Stress Relief

Are you feeling stressed with finals right around the corner? Join Megan McComas, CAPS Doctoral Intern, at the Visualization Lab on the library's 2nd floor to learn and practice some relaxation and meditation techniques. Meditative practices can aid in bringing calmness, clarity, and presence to a situation. In times of stress, these practices can reduce anxiety, promote kindness within oneself, and generate self-awareness.  The session will held in Atkins' Visualization Lab on the 2nd floor. Those who wish to attend virtually can participate using this Zoom link: 

Daily Meditation

Join Megan McComas, CAPS Doctoral Intern, for a relaxing 15-minute meditation! Just sit back, join the session, and listen as Megan guides you through a restoring meditation. These daily meditations are intended to provide you with relaxation and clarity during finals week. Those who wish to practice this meditation on campus may use Atkins Library’s Visualization Lab on the 2nd floor. This is also a hybrid event and you can join virtual via this Zoom Link:

  • 2 p.m. on Thursday May 5, Monday May 9, Tuesday May 10, and Wednesday May 11                    Interested in attending?

Paws for Exam Therapy

Our always popular Paws for Exam Therapy program is back. Spend some time with certified therapy dogs! Sessions will be held at the back of the first-floor atrium: 

  • Friday, May 6, 6-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 7, 2-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 8, 2-4 p.m.
  • Monday, May 9, 2-4 p.m.

Recharge Room

Need a break from the books? Head to the 2nd floor Visualization Lab to enjoy a snack, calming music, fun activities, and to grab study items like dry erase markers or index cards that you might be missing. We’ll also have items from our new Self-Care Collection available to try. These include white noise machines, guided meditation machines, and various therapeutic lights. And you can join our daily meditation sessions.

  • May 5-6
  • May 9-11
  • 1 - 4 p.m. each day in the Visualization Lab

Late-night coffee and donut break 

Just when you'll need a pick-me-up! Grab a donut and a cup of coffee to refuel for a night of studying.

  • Tues. May 10, 8 p.m. near the Area 49 Desk on the 2nd floor

Spotify Study Playlist 

From chill study music to tunes that will get you pumped, the library has a playlist for you! Check out our student-created playlists any time at

  • Chill Playlists
    Jordan Garland, Marvin Amoah, Hiza Mvuendy, Madison Campbell, Jake Goode, Tiffany Gaskins, Joseph Shaw, Heide Hernandez, Tanner Freeze, Olivia Williamson, Evan Mazzocchi, Damicia Rodney, Shreenij Shah, Koel Mainz, Giovanni Torres, Nolan Barringer, David Carbonell, Gigi Chambers, Bri Combs, Kirstyn Loucks, Mallorie Williams, Emma Palmer, Justin Zitel, Gavin Binkley, Adam Damreh, Michael Gaston, Melvin Gonzalez, and other members of Fall ’21 LBST 1103: Arts in Society: Music.

  • Exercise Playlists
    Nicholas Hicks, Conor Stephens, Kevin Sebastian, Roshan Shareef, John Wheeler, Blake Strobel, Nathan Friesz, Cody Groover, John Pickett, Bryce Blackmon, Vlad Rakhouski, Abigail Greenway, Ryan Carter, Larry Sessoms, Harrison Ford, Ronde Miller, Andre Fernandez, and other members of Fall ’21 LBST 1103: Arts in Society: Music.
  • Studying Playlists
    Amir Hamraz, Liliahna Bedroll, MacKenzie Ridge, Jillian Yates, Daniel Olchowoj, Aidan Keefe, Dylan Ilg, and other members of Fall ’21 LBST 1103: Arts in Society: Music.
  • Confidence Playlists
    Zeng Yang, Colby May, Sofia Escotto-Pimentel, Amiya Ingram, Kayla Blake, Grace Bennett, Dimitri Jackson, Eli Lindsay, and other members of Fall ’21 LBST 1103: Arts in Society: Music. 

Let's Talk in the Library

Let's Talk is a brief, drop-in, and confidential problem-solving consultation with a CAPS team member. Visits are first come, first serve. No appointment is necessary and the wait time is usually brief. This is not therapy and it is not designed for students needing urgent help. Sessions will be held in Atkins room 139B.

  • May 5, 3-5 p.m.
  • May 10, 3-5 p.m.