UVSC Cutting Stress Out of Finals Week

UVSC Cutting Stress Out of Finals Week

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Sandra Yi ReportingThere's a lot of cramming going on right now at college campuses around Utah--it's finals week. But students at one school are cutting stress with a little special treatment.

When noses are buried in books, it's finals week at Utah Valley State College. For students, it can be a high stress situation, unless you're in the 'stress free zone'.

There pampering is priority.

Brandon Perry, Student: "It's incredible. Normally you have to pay for stuff like this, but to be able to relax in the middle of finals is quite a treat."

A massage is just what Brandon Perry needed.

Today is the last day of classes and students' last chance to let loose. In the stress free zone they can play games, get a massage, even try a new look. Cosmetology students are styling hair for free.

Josie Lewis, UVSC Student: "I think it actually helps. I can just take a break from school. I like that."

Meanwhile, Darcy Gribble is shaking things up. She hopes to break the hula hoop record of 40 minutes. She says if she can do this exams will be easy.

Like many Utah colleges UVSC is trying to ease student stress and mix finals with a little fun. The school has had the 'stress free zone' for 15 years.

Emily VanYperen, Organizer: "It's really important to stay healthy and to stay happy."

And it seems no one here is complaining.

Melissa Farley, Student: "Luckily, I don't have another class for a while, so I can stay here for a long time (laughs)."

Brandon Perry: "I don't think you can be too relaxed for finals. I'll be straight with you."

Other Utah colleges have invited motivational speakers and served late night meals. Utah State University even brings in a therapy dog for students.

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