USG Report: Mental health needs priority during finals

As students quickly approach finals week, the semester begins to culminate into a week of sleepless nights spent at the Newman Library, consumption of massive amounts of coffee and hours of clicking refresh on CUNYfirst to check if grades were posted.

This time of the year will always bring about a difficult stretch for students, but it is important to maintain good mental health and not allow the pressure of finals week to completely overwhelm us.

While, unfortunately, we cannot add more hours to the day, we can work to maximize the usage of our time. This is where being mentally healthy comes in handy. Having a good night’s sleep and eating a hearty breakfast allows us to be energized and more productive during the times when we are studying or working. Keeping healthy helps us maximize the work that we are doing.

Utilizing downtime to maximize work efficiency is essential to the success of your college career. While keeping the right balance between the two is especially difficult during finals week, there are few other times when it is more important.

The Undergraduate Student Government of Baruch College hopes to ease the weight of finals week with a few stress-relief activities in the remaining days of the semester. Starting on Dec. 13 and lasting until Dec. 16, USG representatives will be hosting a pop-up cafe complete with Insomnia Cookies, a pseudo-spa day, a midnight breakfast and a pre-finals snack with Waffles and Dinges.

During finals week, USG representatives will also mix in some surprise giveaways. We have also re-launched our Facebook page, Baruch Feels, where students can anonymously give shout-outs and words of encouragement to their fellow Bearcats.

We will do our best to reach every undergraduate student, but inevitably, we will miss a few students due to the size of the school. If you are feeling overwhelmed or need professional counseling, Baruch provides counselors from Monday through Friday. To schedule a confidential appointment with one of the certified counselors, visit the student affairs website or stop by the Office of Student Life on the second floor of the Newman Vertical Campus.

The draw of scrolling through Facebook feeds or binging on that new show on Netflix is very tempting, but winter break is almost here and you will have plenty of time for that soon. We hope to see you at our events, but if we miss you, good luck on finals and have a wonderful holiday season and New Year.

Daniel Dornbaum is the president of USG. He can be reached at daniel.dornbaum@usgbaruch.com. His office is located at 3-272 in the Newman Vertical Campus.

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