INTO hosts Pop it! stress relief program

Pamela Young, Reporter

With midterms around the corner, the INTO center held a stress relief program Sept. 25, in the INTO center lobby from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

INTO has organized various stress relief programs in the past, but this time around bubble wrap was the DIY stress reliever.

Kenneth Jones, the student engagement coordinator said, “I’ve done stress relief programs in the past that have included stress balls, coloring, and zen gardens.”

“I always try to do something different. I needed a new idea so I looked up stress relievers found that bubble wrap was one”, said Jones.

Jones along with his graduate assistant and peer mentor, Archana Srivastava, set up a table filled with cut out bubble wrap squares and snacks to hand out as students were walking by to classes.

“I’ve stapled onto the squares, “In case of stress, pop bubbles”, but I wanted to take it one step further — I wanted it to be a little more engaging than me just handing them something and them walking off”, he said.

“That’s when I came up with the bubble…that way I had a different platform for students to release that stress before all their preparations for midterms”, Jones said.

Jones stated that he is working with the INTO professors on more stress relief tips and advice for students on how to manage their time to help relieve that stress.

Srivastava said, “The stress relief program was amazing… I like meeting new people and today I met a lot of new people.”

“I assisted Kenny in setting this all up and it was lots of fun”, she said.

“I think it’s a really great way to relieve stress for the exams because a lot of our students work really hard”, Srivastava said.

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