Stress Free Study Week was a success, with furry friends taking over the campus for the Doggie De-Stress event, and the Big Breakfast feeding over 500 students.
Last semester, there was a 50 per cent increase in overall student engagement with Stress Free Study Week events held in week 12.
Due to its popularity, Massey University Students’ Association (MUSA) now plans to restructure Stress Free Study Week and organise de-stressing activities throughout the semester.
MUSA Welfare Officer Ngahuia Kirton says she believes students would benefit from having help to de-stress well before the pressure of exams sets in.
“Providing help in study week is leaving it pretty late to try and relieve stress for students, so I think that having events and workshops throughout the semester to help students relax and learn to manage their stress would be a great way to go about it.
“We could help students to reduce their stress a lot better if we ran events like this earlier in the semester.
“For semester two I’m looking at only having the Doggie De-Stress and the Big Breakfast during study week and running other events across the whole semester.
“We’ve recently started planning these events for semester two, and we would love to be working in conjunction with Massey departments like Health and Counselling and the Rec Centre.”
Kirton says MUSA volunteers play a huge role in all the events, which couldn’t run the way they do otherwise.
Third year BA student Alannah Hoskin volunteers for MUSA and says she loves seeing students happy and able to relax for a bit during the busy weeks.
“It’s nice to be able to do my small part in helping students feel welcome, comfortable and respected, and these kinds of events make for good conversation starters when you’re surrounded by hundreds of students.
“Overall volunteering is such a fun and rewarding opportunity, and MUSA are wonderful to work with.”