Cougar Countdown Helps Students Stress Less With Puppies, Free Coffee

Cougar Countdown Helps Students Stress Less With Puppies, Free Coffee

Give your mind a break from exams with free yoga sessions.

It’s that time of year again: crowds of students are cramming for finals in Addlestone Library —  and puppies are on campus to keep bleary-eyed Cougars from stressing too much.

The College of Charleston’s end-of-semester Cougar Countdown begins on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, with a bevy of activities aimed at giving students academic, physical and emotional support as well as a little fun until the last day of exams on May 5.

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Lindy Coleman, director of the Center for Student Learning and Cougar Countdown’s lead organizer, says that the event was created to encourage wellness during what is usually a very hectic time for most students.

“Living in the library 24/7, fueled by coffee, massive cramming sessions….these all seemed to be the norm, and we knew that students were not performing or functioning at their best in this state,” she says. “We brainstormed and pooled resources to create a series of free study breaks that encouraged a healthy mind and a healthy body.”

Events this year include past mainstays such as free coffee and snacks at Rivers Green, yoga, Zumba, walk-in tutoring and, yes, 18 therapy dogs will be on campus ready to paw away stress. President Glenn McConnell ’69 will also be joining in on the festivities, dipping ice cream for students during “Chill on the Green” on Monday, May 1.

Below is the full schedule for Cougar Countdown:

Wednesday, April 26

Cougarpalooza, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. near the Cistern Yard.

Thursday, April 27 (Reading Day)

Get crafty during Cougar Countdown.

Zumba, 1 p.m. in Johnson Center room 201
Ask a Prof!, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Addlestone Library
Charleston Power Yoga, 2 p.m. on Rivers Green
Walk-in tutoring labs open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Center for Student Learning
Moonlight Breakfast, 10 p.m. at Liberty Fresh Food Company

Friday, April 28

Coffee on the Green, 7:45 a.m. on Rivers Green
Yoga, 10:30 a.m. in Robert Scott Small Building room 319
Stress Relief Fair, noon to 3 p.m. on Rivers Green
Pups for Less Stress, noon to 3 p.m. on Rivers Green
Make-n-Take Card Making Workshop, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Stern Student Center lobby
Zumba, 5 p.m. in Johnson Center room 201
Walk-in tutoring labs open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Center for Student Learning

Saturday, April 29

Breakfast on the Green, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Rivers Green
Joe’s Spray Can Art, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Rivers Green
Zumba, 1 p.m. in Johnson Center room 201

Sunday, April 30

Walk-in tutoring labs open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Center for Student Learning

Monday, May 1

Free ice cream anyone?

Coffee on the Green, 7:45 a.m. at Rivers Green
Yoga, 2 p.m. in Robert Scott Small Building room 391
Cougar Cookout and Chill on the Green, 5 p.m. on Rivers Green

Tuesday, May 2

Pop-Up Breakfast on the Green, 7:45 a.m. on Rivers Green
Lunch in the Stern, 11 a.m. in the Stern Student Center Lobby

Wednesday, May 3

Coffee on the Green, 7:45 a.m. on Rivers Green

Thursday, May 4

Coffee on the Green, 7:45 a.m. on Rivers Green

Friday, May 5

Coffee on the Green, 7:45 a.m. on Rivers Green

*Limited tutoring available in most math and science courses, Spanish, and assistance with writing.