Dealing with stress the Cambridge way

Cambridge ain’t all bad

#endweek5blues Cambridge colleges reading week stress Tab

Cambridge certainly offers some quirky ways of dealing with stress.

Whether they’re one-off’s, week 5 regulars or exam term treats, the University has a lot more to offer alongside classic conventions like counselling.

‘Hug a Puppy’ Day

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I want that-wun

During exam term Vet Meds get to hug a puppy to make everything better. This is the case for Churchill students too, although it has reportedly become a less popular event since the college chapel was relocated 1/2km away for “hygiene” reasons.

Not to be outdone, one of Peterhouse’s alumni owns a dog which gets brought in for students to pet every year. Corpus lets you walk the master’s dog for money! 

Half-Hearted Chocolate

Nothing cures sadness better than a sugar rush

Nothing cures sadness better than a sugar rush

Students at Sidney Sussex, Selwyn and Queens have all reportedly been given the occasional piece of chocolate in the pidge/ bar. Unfortunately, distribution is sometimes poor, leaving the unlucky in chocolate-less tears.

Magdalene, on the other hand, get a classic brown grocery bag of sweets and chocolate appearing in their pidges regular as clockwork every week 5. Even vegetarians are catered for.

Massuses

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Just. Remain. Calm…

Trinity and Caius both boast a masseuse service during exam term. My question is, which would leave you feeling more seized up: the muscle pain that comes from crouching over books in mindless panic over exam period, or the butt-clenching awkwardness of having someone come into your university room to literally give you a massage?

Bubble Wrap

The History faculty had a box filled with bubble wrap at their entrance during exam term last year. It was super POPular (ha).

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Better than drugs

Beanie Babies

The AMES faculty has given a beanie baby friend to every first year Arabist to talk to in times of need this year. Apparently it cost under £100. Who said you can’t buy love?

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So many friends! And they can never leave me!

Absolutely Nothing

Tit Hall “I wish they did. But nope. Absolutely nothing.”

Maths “ Maths does bugger all because we all have no souls and mathematicians hate fun.”

Cookie Therapy

Clare have cookie therapy which is available all year round. Pretty sweet.

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Retail therapy is so 2009

Tea and Cake Fundraiser

Robinson are doing a tea and cake fundraiser this Friday night for Student Minds Cambridge.

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Fun, and for a good cause

Coffee and Crepe Café Deals

Caius get deals with a variety of cosy cafes to stave off those week 5 blues.

This is relevant cos pancake day

This is relevant cos pancake day

Meditation CDs

Last year Trinity gave out free meditation CDs to its students in a last-ditch attempt to help them keep their cool.

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Zen and the art of getting a double first

GIANT TEDDY BEAR

…Trinity also kept a giant teddy bear to cuddle in the college library as a last-ditch attempt #2 to help them keep their cool. I don’t think it worked.

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What’s not calming about an 8-foot tall predator that can climb and run faster than the average human?

Blues, Booze and Chocolate Night

My favourite is Girton’s ‘Blues, Booze & Chocolate’ night, at which a hired blues band comes along and plays to students in a haze of free wine and chocolate.

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Apparently LSD will be handed out too

All in all, it seems like the University is at least trying to help students out, albeit in in it’s own eccentric, ‘we’re-not-in-touch-with-the-real-world’ sort of way.