I think we can all relate to the dampering spirits students feel as the stress and pressure of finishing up homework assignments, cramming last minute knowledge into an already overly, overwhelmed head of intellectual confusion, and hopefully awaiting last minute grades with fingers crossed and whispered prayers of linger across the hallways of schools and universities everywhere. We’ve either been there and done that, or are unexcitedly doing that now… but either way, we know and remember the feeling. That daunting ball of stomach worms that sits in the pit of your stomach never really gets forgotten. But we can help lighten the spirits for those on-edge students to help make those late nights of study a little less miserable.
Let those up-all-night, chip snacking, book cramming students show up in their nighties – because chances are, they haven’t slept anyway and the fun of wearing their fleece pajamas and animal slippers is always a hit. Advertise each day’s spirit activity with a banner so the students know how to participate. For pajama day, hang paste your face baby with bear standees in the hallway. Students will have fun with both the spirit day and having their picture taken in the life-size baby in pajamas stand-in.
Super Hero Day
Tell students to come dressed as their favorite super hero. College students, especially, love to dress in costume for football and basketball games, so bring the school spirit of the games to the classrooms. Hang Super Hero Day banners throughout the hallways. In the university’s student hall, place a Superhero Photo board and let students get their picture taken in the superman stand~in. I’ve even heard of a few teachers offering a little extra credit for students who come dressed to class – and every student’s spirits are lifted when a little extra credit is available. Wink, wink!
I think all students really want to just hide from finals… so host a Camo Day and let the students come dressed in full camouflage. Students always get excited to rally around the student hall for fun and activities (and I’m pretty sure they like the giveaways, too), so let them come relax with a camo cupcake and green juice – send them off to class with a camo pen and you’ll have students coming out of the woodwork.
Rock Out Day
Rather than let the hum-drum boredom of studies get the students down, have a Rock Out day and let the students unwind to fun, upbeat tempo of a local band playing in the student hall. Offer a table of chips and cookies and let the students escape the painstaking agony of preparing for finals. Place a Rock Guy Standee throughout the university campus to bring awareness to the fun event. Decorate the student hall with holographic lit columns and rock balloons. A free concert at the university student hall will definitely help put their finals week worries to rest.
School Color Day
Finally, ending the week with a little school color representation will help bring closure to transformed week of torture into a fun and upbeat week of activities. Invite the students to attend the GREEN OUT, RED OUT, BLUE OUT, BLACK OUT – or whatever color your school boasts. Or let them go as crazy as they can sporting the school’s mascot inspired clothing. But be sure to help them go wild – make sure to have plenty of school spirit items around to give away. Students love noisemakers, colored beads, cheerphones, and stadium cups (especially now that they’re going to celebrate with a few post-finals after parties). Set up some games of cornhole and ping~pong. Also, consider offering a prize for the most spirited student. The students will have a blast just hanging out with fellow students and celebrating the end of finals.
With a little school spirit finals week fun, the dreaded pressure of exams and final papers will be a little less painful – at least until they wait for their final grades.