by Aparajita Bhandari

on the second week of christmas

We’ve officially reached the month of December!  You all know what that means, right, New College? Gingerbread houses, snowball fights, lavishly decorated store windows and…exams? Yes, readers, we have now officially reached that stressful time at the end of the year known as finals. The coming few weeks are sure to be immensely hectic and stressful for most of us. However, just because you have four finals in two days or four papers due on the same night, doesn’t mean that a breakdown (or three) has to be part of your holiday season. There are numerous de-stressor events on campus hosted by New College, other colleges, faculties, clubs and UTSU. So if life starts to feel a little too overwhelming in the next few weeks, take a break from studying and pop into one of the events below.

December 4th

Ivey Library de-stress zone poster

Who: New College Library in collaboration with New College Student Council
What: There will be a de-stress zone right here in New College. Stress-releasing activities such as board games and crafts for a sure-to-be-relaxing evening. There also will be a ton of free snacks!
Where: D.G. Ivey Library
When: 5:30pm-8: 30pm

December 9th

NCSC end of year social poster

Who: New College Student Council
What: The New College Student Council is hosting an end of year social with free bubble tea and karaoke.  There’s nothing more stress relieving than belting out your favourite songs at the top of your lungs so come celebrate the end of the semester with the NCSC.
Where: Wilson Lounge, New College
When: 7:00pm-11:00pm

December 10th

Poster for New College Studyfest, Dec 2015

Who: Office of Residence & Student Life
What: Drop in during this fun event – there will be a REAL kangaroo, foxes, a parrot, a rabbit, a tortoise, and more from our friends at Hands-On Exotics. Join us to meet a new furry (or scaly?) friend and give your brain a break! You can also get free food, free coffee, tea and hot chocolate, make a craft you can give as a gift this holiday season, or take advantage of a quiet study space.
Where: Wilson Lounge, New College
When: 11:00am-5:30pm

December 10th


Who: Arts & Science Student Union, the Faculty of Arts & Science, MoveU, Hart House, Health & Wellness Centre, Associate of Part-time Undergraduate Students, U of T Sustainability Office and many other campus groups and organizations.
What: Exam Jam, a large event hosted collectively by many different campus groups. Many professors will be offering course review sessions, there will be tons of open study spaces, fun activities such as button making and free massages, and free snacks and drinks.
When: Activities will be occurring from 10:00am to 3:00pm and study spaces will be open from 10:00am-6pm. See the website below for a full schedule of course review sessions.
Where: Sidney Smith Hall
See website for details:

Various Dates

UTSU’s Got You

University of Toronto Student Union logo

Who: University of Toronto Student Union
What: UTSU members go to various different libraries and student centres throughout campus during finals to help reduce some of the stress for studying students. They bring coffee, tea, bagged meals and healthy snacks as well as de-stressing activities. The locations and times for December haven’t been confirmed yet so check out the website below during the exam period to know the exact locations and times.
Where: Various libraries and student centres
When: Throughout the final exam period

Gerstein Library Therapy Dog

Bella the therapy dog

Bella loves hanging out with students!

Who: Gerstein Library and St. John Ambulance
What: Bella, the sweet St. John Ambulance therapy dog, comes to play with you help you relax and take a break from studying.
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday until December 17th from 11:30 am to 1:00pm
Where: the Marvin Gerstein Group Study Room on the 1st floor of the Gerstein Science Library



Meditation at the Multi-Faith Centre

Who: Various locations around campus.
What: Lots of different ways to de-stress – meditation, yoga, Tai Chi…
When: Mondays through Thursdays. No experience necessary – beginners welcome. Not just for exam time, of course – why not get some peace of mind under your belt that’ll help you keep going through the everyday stresses that life can throw at you?
Roundup of available sessions here:


Did I miss the one exam de-stressor event that you were most looking forward to? Comment below, so we’ll all know about it next time around!