Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 at 3:44 pm under Helpful Hints

Vincent, Class of 2013

With two final papers down and three exams to go, there’s always room for a quick bouldering session to ease some tension from the week. Potsdam makes an effort to help students stay focused and relaxed during finals. The college put on a relaxation clinic with oxygen bars, yoga, chill out music, food, and other ways to just sit around for an hour and detox. SES also had a study night at Hurley’s nightclub and most of the on-campus organizations made their weekly meetings casual, fun, and stress relieving for members. Circle K had a cookie baking and charades night last Wednesday that really gave me some down time to de-stress over my finals. I also have another place to turn to when I get the finals week jitters, our campus’ bouldering cave in Maxcy Hall. Bouldering is unlike giant belay-style wall climbing because you’re only about eight feet off the ground and there are no ropes involved. It’s a great upper body workout and has the element of problem solving while swinging from hold to hold. There are routes a climber can stick to, denoted by multi-colored tape, or you can freestyle climb like I do in the picture below. After a good climb it feels great to go back to the books, ready to tackle those finals with ease, and finish up the semester on a positive note. I’m itching to get home for the holidays, but there’s still work to be done!

Vince bouldering in Maxcy Field House

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