Be Classy
Build some stress relief into your schedule with classes like ceramics, billiards, or tae kwon do.

Go Zen
Walk through the Nath Sculpture Garden at the Art Museum of WVU.

Sweat it out
Swim, run, or climb the wall at the Student Rec Center. Or drop in on a class—get your endorphins the way you like best with anything from CXWORX to Power Yoga to spin class.

Let it go
Relax with a free massage during Fun Before Finals (

Get your face licked
Hang out with a Hearts of Gold service dog. Ask around—they’ll be hosted in several places across campus through the school year.

Hug a tree
Check out the specimen plantings and take a walk on the three-plus miles of trails through old growth forest at the Core Arboretum, right across Monongahela Boulevard from the Creative Arts Center (

Escape campus
Get off campus with friends at a downtown café.

When all else fails
For more intense de-stressing, check out the wellness resources at WELLWVU ( and the counseling and other services at the Carruth Center (

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Pam Kasey
Written by Pam Kasey
Pam Kasey has traveled, brewed, farmed, counseled, and renovated, but most loves to write. She has degrees in economics from the University of Chicago and in journalism from West Virginia University. She loves celebrating Morgantown and West Virginia as executive editor at New South Media.