Stress busters

Exam time looms. The gigantic invisible weight descends STRESS. So how do Penn students relieve the tension? Some are more inventive than others. There does seem to be one universal approach toward dealing with academic stress, though if you cant make the stress go away, you can at least forget about it for a little while!

square.gifTesnim Beg, College 02
I like to go distance running for miles it takes my mind off it.

square.gifAsa Johnson, College 01
I lift weights; when Im tired I dont think about exams.

square.gifKevin Reeves, Engineering 01
I guess I try to go out at least one night on the weekend and not sit home and let it build up.

square.gifAqsa Khan, College 03
I go take photos. A hobby thats not study-related clears your brain.

square.gifVincent Connors, College 01
Skateboarding. Its a physical activity thats painful when you get hurt you just want to sit down and read.

square.gifMichelle Lieberman, Engineering 01
I go with my roommate to Baskin Robbins to get ice cream. Its a personal treat for me and gets me out of the house.

square.gifAmna Suharwardy, Engineering 03
Anything not study-related, just sit in my pjs in front of the TV to tune it all out of my mind.

square.gifJake Peters, Engineering & Wharton 01
This has to be PG... I like to get off campus, go downtown and see movies to forget that Im in school.

square.gifLeslie Dubeck, College 04
I sleep a lot thats probably how I relieve my stress because when Im asleep Im just asleep.

square.gifHal Hodes, College 02
In my head I live in the next day after the test the day of studying doesnt count.

square.gifAlana Cohen, College 01
I probably run, run really fast. It just relieves a lot of tension.

square.gifChris McFall, Engineering 04
Eat, maybe. Popcorn I got a big can of popcorn recently from my mom, the big holiday kind.

square.gifEmily Perschetz, College 01
I paint my toenails. Its half an hour where I cant be studying and I can wait as long as I want for them to dry its the neverending study break if I want it to be.

square.gifMark Lion, College 01
Try not to stress until the day before, and put off thinking about it for as long as possible. Keep myself occupied with other things like a play (come see Betrayal put on by Arts House Theater).

square.gifHilary Goodman, College 03
Eat anything bad for you.

square.gifRon Lin, Engineering 01
I go to a random lecture like Andy Racliff I never would have gone to see that otherwise. I watch rich venture capitalists.

Katie Claypoole


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Originally published on November 30, 2000