Every year, we spend dead week studying for upcoming finals, bidding farewell to new and old friends and wrapping up all the loose ends of the semester. This year has been particularly tumultuous, as we close it out amid a statewide strike for UC academic workers. It isn’t uncommon to feel burnt out after the blur of the last 15 weeks — we all deserve these few days of freedom before finals to rejuvenate our minds and pick up the pieces before heading into this final stretch.
In this issue, we’re giving you the tools to do just that. We hope this collection of puzzles and activities provide you with plenty of distractions between study sessions. You’ll also find personal accounts about how our staff have navigated and solved their own puzzles, both in play and in life. So before you take your finals, take a breather, grab a paper and start solving!
Dead week is looming over our shoulders, so of course it begs the question: How many different ways can we procrastinate studying for our finals? The answer is infinite, because if UC Berkeley students are good at anything it’s putting off their work until the very last minute.
— Veerle de Jong
To begin, we must travel back in time to ancient grease, where people told stories about trees. Stories were called myths. Myths of the Greek nymphs, who were people who lived in trees but were also the trees themselves. Perchance.
— Christopher Ying
— Rae Wymer
— Aurora Zeng, Defne Karabatur, Christian Yates and Jenny Han
— Daisy Friedman
No matter what your destressing habits typically look like, here are some things you can do to take a break during dead week!
— Izza Ahmed
— Josephine Ng
— Lucía Umeki-Martínez
— Maya Banuelos
— Defne Karabatur
— Vani Suresh and Izza Ahmed
— Carolyn Yu
— Ananya Thyagarajan, Noah Tran, Riya Chopra and Maria Young
— Stella Kotik
Dead week can be overwhelmingly dull and stressful — there comes a time in the week when you want to just sit and do nothing. But instead of sitting at your desk, blankly staring at your laptop, I propose watching the CBS holy trinity of game shows to relax your brain.
— Harol Guerra
Whenever I play games with my friends and family, a wave of comfort and nostalgia washes over me, and I feel my worries fading away. It feels great to embrace my inner child and to know that at any age, I will always find joy in games and puzzles.
— Caitlin Wang