Aggie Family Steps In To Offer Help With The Stress Of Finals

Texas A&M University faculty and staff, along with Aggie moms, are pulling out all stops to help students prepare for final examinations this spring with less stress. They are even bringing in pups as “study buddies."

Final exams begin Friday (May 4) and continue through May 9.

University Libraries staff are leading the way in helping thousands of Aggies prepare and take their exams in a less stressful manner.

With their quiet spaces and readily available reference and information sources, the campus libraries are always a popular study spot. Staff there say students can hunker down for finals with lots of comfortable study space and late night beverages at the Sterling C. Evans/Annex as well as the West Campus, Medical Sciences and Policy Sciences and Economics Libraries.

For extra comfort and companionship, Aggieland Pets With A Purpose (APWAP) will bring several special friends on campus to act as “study buddies.” APWAP, a non-profit volunteer organization, provides trained animals for educational, rehabilitative and emotional assistance purposes. In addition to helping out at exam time, the APWAP volunteers go to elementary schools, nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals, hospice and other locations in helping the community through their animals. Studies show that having a pet can reduce stress and lower blood pressure as well as promote relaxation.

Students who choose to study at the libraries can also enjoy chair massages along with biofeedback and yoga sessions in the evenings at the Evans, West Campus and Medical Sciences Libraries. Relaxation therapy is funded through the Student Service Fee and sponsored by Student Health Services, University Libraries, Student Counseling Service, Rec Sports and Alcohol and Drug Education Programs at Texas A&M.

For the first time since 2009, the newly renovated and expanded Memorial Student Center is now available with spaces designed especially for study. While the MSC, which opened in 1951, has always had study areas for students, part of the recent expansion includes additional spaces and comfortable seating to accommodate single students or groups of students gathering to study for finals.

Dining Services will also offer late night breakfast at Sbisa Dining Hall Tuesday and Wednesday (May 8-9) from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Students may use their meal plans, cash or credit cards.

Since its very beginning, the mothers of Texas A&M students have provided special help to get their Aggie through finals. One of the things members of the Texas A&M Mother’s Clubs do is put together “goodie bags” of cookies, snacks and all kinds of things to keep student fed and relaxed as they study.

Check the extended library hours and schedules for extra comforts at the Libraries website.

Spring semester final examinations for all students are scheduled Friday (May 4) and Monday through Wednesday (May 7-9).