Midterm season can be a stressful time, but more often than not it can actually be more beneficial to take a break every now and then than to keep working through the entire time.
Some of my go-to de-stressing activities at CMU include:
Going for a run or walk in Schenley Park and the surrounding UPitt area
- Especially during times that are work-heavy, it can be easy to forget that Carnegie Mellon is actually located within a much more bustling area than just the campus itself. From restaurants along Craig Street and the University of Pittsburgh’s campus to the calming patch of greenery provided by Schenley Park, there is sure to be something within walking distance to help take your mind off of schoolwork and stress.
Schenley on a sunny day
Taking a trip to Phipps Conservatory
- Although I, myself, have only recently just gone to Phipps for the first time last week, I have already become a repeat customer. With a ticket fee covered by your CMU ID, the sights and sounds you experience in just a one hour stroll through the surprisingly spacious greenhouse are enough to completely transport you to a world of beauty, nature, and calm.
Phipps during the day
Phipps at night
Stopping by Paws to Relax in the Mindfulness Room
- If you’re like me, and just the sight of an adorable, furry creature is enough to put a smile on your face, then Paws to Relax is for you! Hosted in the Wellness Room located in West Wing, students are invited to come pet therapy dogs and interact with their owners once or twice a week. Usually held around 8 or 9 o’clock at night, it does just the trick for relieving fatigue and exhaustion after a long day.
Technically not the Mindfulness Room, but other furry friends at Dietrich Day’s petting zoo.
Going to an Activities Board event
- Mostly advertised through the Carnegie Mellon Facebook page, as well as on bulletin boards around campus, Activities Board often hosts events on-campus events on Friday nights or during the week that allow students to take their minds off of school. Most recently, they hosted a night of painting with provided paints and easels.