Belmont’s Learning Centers, housed on the first floor of the Janet Ayers Academic Center (JAAC), will be hosting daily events during midterm week to give students moments of peace throughout what is commonly a hectic and stressful time of the semester. One event is scheduled each morning between 8 and 9 a.m. from October 3-7 that will aim to help students slow down and remember to breathe.
The schedule for the week will be as follows:
Monday (10/3): Prayer and Meditation – Math/Science Center -JAAC 1036
Tuesday (10/4): Coloring – Math/Science Center – JAAC 1036
Wednesday (10/5): Yoga – The Lawn
Thursday (10/6): Origami – Math/Science Center – JAAC 1036
Friday (10/7): Prayer and Meditation – Math/Science Center – JAAC 1036
Each event will also include snacks, and allow students to come and go as they feel necessary. The Learning Centers hope these events will provide students with the opportunity to clear their minds of chaos and re-focus their mental and spiritual foundations.
Learning Centers Coordinator Michael Hudson described the reasoning that was put behind planning these events. “The general idea came from watching both students and my tutors sort of disappear over exams,” Hudson said. “During midterms, I would often watch these vibrant, exceptional people become isolated and withdrawn, and in turn they would start to doubt themselves and their abilities. This self-doubt got in the way of their successes as much as anything else. I really wanted to create an event and space that allowed students to give themselves permission to disconnect from school and reconnect with themselves, each other and God.”
The Belmont Learning Centers offer free tutoring and group study in math, physics, biology, chemistry, programming, writing and languages to all Belmont students.