For college students, the end of the semester can be quite demanding as they spend countless hours putting the finishing touches on their class projects and studying for exams.
That’s why Alfred State College recently held an event to help students put their worries behind them and have some fun for a little while before finals started. Named the “De-Stress Fest,” this event took place in the Student Leadership Center and featured a number of festivities, including live music by Residence Director Rob Privitera, a free hot chocolate bar, therapy dogs from Therapy Dogs International, Legos, bracelet-making, free food, free T-shirts, and much more. The Alfred Programming Board (APB) hosted De-Stress Fest, while Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT), Late Night Events, and Health and Wellness Services collaborated on the event by hosting the individual activities.
Additionally, all students who signed into the De-Stress Fest received raffle tickets for a number of prizes, including a gaming chair, a mini-fridge, a Keurig, and more. Students could earn extra tickets by following APB’s social media pages and tagging the club in a post, or by voting for the 2019 Hot Dog Day entertainer.
Coordinator of Student Activities Brittany Richards said the event helps give students a break from classes, projects, and studying, so that “when they go back to them, they are refreshed and ready to conquer.”
“This year, De-Stress Fest hoped to provide students with immediate stress relief at the event, but also provide outlets they could use during finals week through their DIY sugar scrubs and DIY aromatherapy inhalers,” she said.
Richards described De-Stress Fest 2018 as “an unbelievable success,” noting that more than 200 students attended the event, and that organizers received plenty of positive feedback.
“The De-Stress Fest went through a revitalization by APB’s board, adding new changes and making it better than ever before,” she said. “If students missed out on this past event, we will be hosting one at the end of the spring semester before finals, as well! Also, if students are interested in helping plan events such as De-Stress Fest and receiving awesome perks, Alfred Programming Board is always looking for new members and students can find the meeting times on the club’s PioneerLink page.”