Written by Netta Halevy

My name is Netta Halevy, I am currently a Life Science student at the University of Toronto. I am so excited to be a Hillel Student Leader this year and can’t wait for all the amazing events and opportunities this year will bring. With midterms coming to an end and exams quickly approaching I know how easy it is to become overwhelmed with all the schoolwork and extra curriculars, however it is vital to remember to prioritize yourself and your mental health. U of T has a lot of resources to talk to someone if you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed. I know that is often difficult to make the decision whether to study for an extra hour or go and talk to someone about mental health. What if you could do both in the same building?

On December 4th, 2019 Hillel U of T will host a day long Study Jam filled with opportunities to work productively, talk openly about mental health, meet new people, and play with dogs. Whether you’re a silent studier or like to discuss your work, there will be rooms in accordance to your preference that you can choose. There will be notebooks, pens and whiteboards available for you in order to fit your study requirements as needed. There will be plenty of food, snacks, and drinks so you can remain as comfortable as possible while still working efficiently. There will also be blankets available so you can remain as comfortable as possible while working.

Hillel will be hosting group counselling sessions at two different times so that as many students that would like to attend will have the opportunity to do so. You can also come talk to our therapists who will facilitate and lead group discussions about mental health. Therapy dogs will also be coming to Hillel to relieve any stress or anxieties you might be feeling from studying all day. If you’re looking to take a group study break there will also be board games and puzzles to give yourself a break from studying but still be actively using your brain.

Come out and meet people, discuss what you’re studying, do your readings, play with some cute dogs and enjoy some snacks. How you choose to spend this event is completely up to you! All in all, I planned this event because I understand firsthand how stressful exam time can be. Hillel wants everyone to know that they are supported and cared for. I can’t wait to see you there!


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