Dr. Dale Van Cantfort’s Audio Production I class has been hard at work as they prepare to host their final individual shows. The students have put a lot of work in these past few days, practicing into the late nights as well. These students have worked hard all semester long. Now is the time to see if all the hard work has finally paid off.
Stress impacts every student differently, especially as the end of the semester comes in more quickly than expected. Final exams and final projects start to pile up one-by-one to a point where it all feels like it will never end. Junior mass communications major Madison Gott gives insight on how stress impacts her and how she ca during these times. “Stress impacts me not only mentally, but physically,” she said. “Thankfully I have a really good support system here at Piedmont that helps me through all the craziness.”
Madison Gott recently had to finish prototyping a streaming service for her graphic design class. It was one of the more time consuming assignments from this semester so she spent a lot of free time in the graphic design lab.
“Due to the limbic system, stress can really weigh me down and affect my productivity when it comes to my school work,” said Gott.
After hearing that the mobile petting zoo was on campus, an impromptu decision was made to put her work aside and pet some of the animals.
Each semester during finals, CAB and other organizations on campus try to provide events that can help find students, like Madison Gott, ways to cope with everything going on during class.
“I definitely feel like this helped me forget about the work I had to do temporarily,” said Gott. “My favorite animal was the bunny.”
Gott stayed with the animals for a little while, but unfortunately she had to go back to work on her final project for her graphic design class.
“Finals week can be a struggle, but it’s important to take care of your mental health as well,” said Gott. “It’s okay to step away for a minute or two to enjoy moments like these.”
Michael Porcelli went from not being in the starting line-up freshman year to playing in the number three spot on the team. Porcelli had the opportunity to play at this spot earlier in the season due to a teammate being sick. He did not take the opportunity for granted because the coach realized he had a lot of potential of being a great number three. Porcelli would go on to win multiple times at the number three spot and also at number two doubles. He was taking any chance he could get to be able to play. He also is not only a great player, but he is also a great teammate and friend. Porcelli is one of the biggest hypemen on the team whether he is on or off the court. If you ever need someone to make you smile then Porcelli is your guy.
Porcelli brings joy to those around him, and always finds a way to do it.
Porcelli has had his ups and downs, but he enjoys being a part of the team that he counts as a family.