How to survive when the weather outside is frightful and finals are not-so-delightful

By Piper Sartison

Elm Staff Writer

As finals season approaches, many students are wondering how to cope with end-of-semester stress. There are numerous exciting events around Chestertown for students looking to celebrate the end of classes.

Chestertown’s Dollar Tree has plenty of cheap and fun decorations for dorm rooms. Putting together a festive work or relaxation space is not a cure-all for anxieties surrounding finals, but it might provide temporary cheer.

For those who prefer to take out their stress on something tangible, cooking or baking is a good solution for exam blues. The Sassafras and Corsica Hall kitchens are open for students who are looking to bake some delicious treats for their peers during these busy times.

ACME has gingerbread houses that students can decorate and build with friends. The store also carries other Christmas treats, like sugar cookies and chocolate, that students can buy to conjure up holiday spirit.

Additionally, there are many stores in Chestertown that embrace the holiday season.

Twigs and Teacups has adorable novelty gifts on sale, like collectibles and cards. Additionally, Walnut and Wool has quality vintage clothing and jewelry if students are looking to buy a high-end gift.

The Book Plate, Chestertown’s used bookstore, is another great store to find gifts. The shop has an expansive selection of used books, ranging from history to poetry.

For those looking to gift sweets, Bespoke Chocolate carries a number of treats, including custom chocolates, fudge, and fresh roasted nuts.

During the holiday season, students may want to donate their used items. Women in Need Inc. offers affordable household items and furniture. To donate, further information is available on their website.

There is also a variety of new Christmas movies to watch this holiday season, both streaming and in theaters.

On Nov. 11, Apple TV released “Spirited,” a musical starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds. The film is showing in select theaters and is also available to stream.

For Marvel devotees, “Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special” is now available to stream on Disney Plus.

Netflix is home to “Falling for Christmas,” which is considered actress Lindsey Lohan’s comeback to film and television according to The Ringer.

HBO Max released several Christmas movies, including “Santa Camp,” “A Hollywood Christmas,” and “A Christmas Story Christmas.”

For those looking for a moviegoing experience, “Violent Night,” released on Dec. 2, is an action comedy Christmas movie, starring David Harbour as Santa Claus. The movie revolves around Santa battling a team of mercenaries who hold a family hostage.

There are also a number of upcoming holiday events hosted by Washington College that students can attend.

Want to take a break from studying? Look no further than the WACapella concert. Their winter showcase will take place on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

On Dec. 8, the WC Film Series is presenting “Clueless”at 7 p.m. in Norman James Theatre inside William Smith Hall.

Once relaxation time is over, WC provides students with additional resources to help with their exams.

The Writing Center, located in Goldstein Hall 106, works to help students with their final papers. Students are welcome to schedule an appointment through the WC Academic Resources website, however, walk-ins are also welcome.

For students who feel stressed during these times and need someone to talk to, the WAC Wellness and Advocacy Center is open to all students. Additionally, Health and Counseling Services can be reached at 410-778-7261.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Photo caption: For anyone looking for a quick break, try whipping up a quick mug of hot chocolate.

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