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Finals Have You Stressed?

December 2022


Created by: Lynette Griffin, Student Support Specialist and MSW Intern 

December signifies the arrival of the holidays and winter break, but it also marks the end of the semester and finals. Finals week can be a stressful time for students, especially if they don’t have adequate coping skills. It is important that students take the time to take care of themselves and go into finals week with a plan to alleviate stress and increase the opportunity for academic success. The Dean of Students Office wants to share strategies and reminders for students to use to soar through finals week successfully.  

  1. Get enough sleep- Getting sufficient sleep (7-8 hours) has been proven to greatly improve memory and concentration. A full night of sleep after studying may help your brain “consolidate” new information. This may help you recall the information as you take the exam. 
  2. Take short breaks when studying- Taking purposeful breaks (anywhere from 10-60 minutes) from studying to refresh your brain and body increases your energy, productivity, and ability to focus. It may be helpful to go for a walk, sit outside in nature, meditate, exercise or talk with a friend during your break to help recharge your mind before returning to studying. 
  3. Stay hydrated/Eat regularly - Eating well balanced meals and staying hydrated will help significantly. Avoid overindulging in coffee and energy drinks. Instead drink 8 ounces of water and try to incorporate avocado, nuts, berries, and dark chocolate into your diet during finals week to boost productivity. 
  4. Time management- With effective time management skills, you can make the most out of whatever time you do have. Create a study timetable and factor in breaks, sleep, and meals to ensure success.  
  5. Practice breathing exercises- To reduce stress levels, practice breathing slowly as you focus on your breath. The box method is an effective technique to use. Breathe out slowly releasing all the air from your lungs. Breathe in through your nose as you slowly count to four in your head. Hold your breath for a count of four. Exhale for another count of four. Hold your breath again for a count of four. Repeat for three to four rounds or until you feel relaxed.  

Finals can be very stressful but with the right resources and by following these tips, students will be able to navigate through exams and finals with ease and care. I hope all of the information I just shared has eased your mind when it comes to finals and has allowed you to put things into perspective. Remember to stay prepared by using the tips, strategies, and resources provided here, and you should rock finals week. I wish you the absolute best and I hope you soar high through finals week 2022 my fellow ospreys! 

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Talking Series

Fall 2022

Trauma in my Pocket: A Red Zone Event

TH SEP 8 | 2PM | Zoom ID: 950 9988 0024

An interactive virtual event to learn about the Red Zone and also engage with all participants and gain a deeper understanding of our collective campus outlook about sexual violence prevention. Learn more about our  Red Zone events.

Lift Your Spirits

TH OCT 20 | 2PM | Zoom ID: 947 0223 0605

Lift Your Spirits! In this case, we mean your adult beverages because we’re chatting about National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. It’s never a bad time to brush up on your alcohol and safety knowledge, especially with Florida/Georgia and Halloween happening soon!

Signature Events

The Dean of Students Office hosts four Signature events each academic year to educate students about various college-related issues that come about no matter the organization of which you are a part, no matter what year you are at UNF, and no matter what state, city, or county from which you originate. These topics include, but are not limited to, sexual assault awareness, hazing, and alcohol and other drug education. 

Don't Drink & Fly

Wednesday, October 19 | 4:30-6:30pm | Student Union, Boathouse

Alcohol and substance abuse is a nationwide issue that has been growing over the past several years, and we see it in college-aged students. Join us for the first annual Don't Drink & Fly Event, where students can compete in trivia and win prizes while learning about alternative methods to engaging in alcohol and other substances. Enjoy mocktails, food & prizes! Hosted by the Dean of Students Office, in collaboration with RecWell and Student Government. See you there, the fun begins at 4:30pm!

Learn Your Communication Style Button Campaign

Civil Discourse. Respectful Conversation. Want to learn more about how to have a respectful conversation about a challenging topic? Visit the Dean of Students Office table during Market Days throughout the Fall 2022 semester to find out your Communication Style and it’s correlating animal! Are you a Collaborating Owl or a Competing Lion? Take a fun and quick quiz to find out and get a button!

Red Zone Programming

The Red Zone is a time of statistically heightened instances of sexual assault that happen during the first part of the fall semester on college campuses. Here at UNF, we want all Ospreys to understand how to meet people in safe environments, maintain healthy relationships, utilize their on-campus resources, and work together to prevent sexual misconduct. Visit our Red Zone Programming page to learn more about our events during the first six weeks of classes!


  • Victim Advocate Talk & Topics: Defining the Red Zone - TH AUG 25
  • kNOw MORE: A Red Zone Panel - WED AUG 31
  • Talking Series Event: Trauma in my Pocket - TH SEP 8
  • Bystander Intervention Training - WED SEP 14
  • Red Zone Book Club - The Wolves are Waiting - MON SEP 19 |TH SEP 22

Partnership Events

The Dean of Students Office participates in several Partnership Events each academic year to assist our University partners, other campus departments, and registered student organizations in relaying important information to and educating the UNF community. These topics include, but are not limited to, mental health awareness, sexual assault, and consent. 

The Meetup

Connect with fellow Ospreys & Discover what resources are available on campus!
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Osprey Plaza | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Games | Giveaways | Snacks | Music

The Meetup is hosted during the first couple weeks of fall, spring, and summer semesters. This event provides an informal and relaxed space to assist students of diverse backgrounds in building a sense of community from the onset of their collegiate experience. Students are invited to mix and mingle with students, faculty and staff from across campus, as they learn about resources and programs specifically designed to address their needs.