As end of term is almost here (Dec. 9) and TAs may have a lot of marking to do, you may find yourself feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Here are some suggestions to help you cope.

Exam Information
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MacOdrum Library
The Library is once again inviting you to unwind at their de-stress stations on the 2nd floor (near the spiral staircase and in front of the Maxwell MacOdrum portrait) in the library. This year, the Library will have a few different activities aimed at providing social interaction, mental health, and creative benefits. There will be a LEGO building station with both classic LEGO as well as Star Wars and DC Super Hero Girls sets, as well as the popular adult colouring book station. These stations will be set up during the exam period, from Dec. 10-22. Please note extended Library hours throughout December.

Health & Counselling Services
Health and Counselling Services (HCS) offers medical and counselling services Monday to Friday. Call to make an appointment with a physician or, for urgent care, a walk-in service is available until maximum capacity is reached each day. Students can self-refer for a counselling appointment. The counselling staff, including an international student counsellor and three counsellors located in residence, can help you with personal and emotional difficulties. As the university, including HCS, will be closed from Dec. 25, 2017 until it re-opens on Jan. 2, 2018, HCS lists several services off campus that you can contact for assistance: carleton.ca/health/emergencies-and-crisis. The list includes resources for urgent medical problems, urgent mental health problems, dental emergencies, sexual assault and domestic violence.

Recreational Activities
One of the ways to reduce stress is to participate in some extracurricular activities. A holiday schedule of all Carleton’s recreation and fitness activities is posted on the athletics website http://athletics.carleton.ca/hours/ (scroll down on that page).

GSA
Perhaps you would like to relax in the Grad lounge of the Graduate Students’ Association on the 6th floor of the University Centre. The GSA Office is open until Friday Dec.15th and Mike’s Place is open until Friday Dec. 22 (both inclusively), and they will both re-open on Monday Jan. 8th.

Off Campus
For lots of fun ideas, why not check out the City of Ottawa’s event calendar.

Suggestions
If you have suggestions for other grad students about things to do over the holidays or ways to reduce stress, feel free to comment in the box below this article.

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