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The Daily Tar Heel Wednesday, April 22, 19877-
Tried and true ways
to ease exam stress
Don't study too hard take time off from the pressures of exams
By ERIC CHILTON
During exam time, stress can
reach high levels for college students.
They have many different ways of
relieving the tension that results from
staring at the pages of a book for
six hours straight, counting the
hours until the exam. These stress
remedies can range from a quick
game of basketball to cramming
one's face with ice cream and yogurt.
Many students take to the bars
of Franklin Street to find their haven
from the pressures of final exams.
Mark Burnette, manager and
owner of He's Not Here, said he is
surprised at the number of students
who frequent his bar during the last
few weeks of the school year.
"During exam time the students
seem to stay at home, studying, I
would imagine, until about 11:00
p.m., and then they hit the bars full
force," said Burnette. "The difference
between exam time and the rest of
the year is that people do not seem
to get as sloppy drunk as they
Some students say they would
rather eat than drink their exam
blues away. Places such as Haagen
Dazs Ice Cream and The Yogurt
Pump provide food relief to the
students on campus.
Joe Girardin, owner of Haagen
Dazs Ice Cream Shoppe, said sales
go up a great deal during the exam
"1 usually order ice cream very
early before the exam week so I can
keep up with the heavy demand,"
said Girardin. "In the past few years
we have consistently had a sales
increase of 25 percent during exam
Most students need something a
little more active than eating to
relieve their tension. Many take
short trips to University Lake or
Sugar Lake for a quick swim in the
Alan Rights, a junior from Mt.
Airy, said basketball gives him the
lift he needs to continue studying for
a final exam.
"I like to play a couple games for
about 45 minutes; it relaxes me
enough to sit down and study for
another four hours," Rights said.
John Smith, a senior frnm
Washington, D.C., chose another
type of exercise over basketball.
"Running does more for me than
any other type of exercising. It is a
more extreme release of tension than
tennis or basketball," Smith said.
"I go to aerobics more and then
buy the king-size bottle of Extra
Strength Tylenol," said Kimberly
Biggs, a sophomore from
In the end, perhaps students
should simply fight their way
through exams and then kick back,
listen to a Buffett tape and pack for
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