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Organizers from the Academic Success Centre are urging students not to panic. It is coming to that time of year where students are starting to gear up for term papers, and finals not long after them. On November 7, attendees of this year’s Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) will have the opportunity to de-stress in an environment that offers a variety of tools for students, and is designed to encourage productivity and save you from last minute cramming.

Procrastination is an unfortunate and ever-present reality in student lives. The purpose of LNAP is to help students battle the temptation of procrastination and the effects of school life by connecting them with the student support areas and facilities available on UFV campuses.

LNAP has become a popular event at UFV, and has received positive feedback for both of its two previous events. Hence, it has been brought back for a third time with everything you enjoyed about it before, as well as some new additions.

The support offered at LNAP will consist of information on academic advising and counselling, healthy distractions, and emotional support. This includes peer tutors, meditation, yoga, free printing, refreshments, prize draws, and best of all emotional support puppies. The only rule is that no napping will be allowed.

The library will remain open during event hours, so students may have a quiet space to do work. Snacks and beverages will be provided, and pizza will be available at the end of the night.

The Academic Success Centre will be providing tutors for students who need some extra help, as well as various workshops on topics such as citation style, academic wellness, study strategies, and more. Librarians will be available all night to provide assistance with research, and a list of professors will be extending their office hours for the event.

Many students neglect their physical, emotional, and environmental health during this time of year. Accessible de-stress rooms will provide a quiet space where students can escape any noise from surrounding activities. Attendees are encouraged to “make a cup of tea, do a puzzle, listen to calming music,” and any other personal activities that may be calming. Achieving balance through studying, and then having productive breaks, is the central theme of LNAP.

Prize draws will take place throughout the evening, with a list of smaller prizes, as well as two staggering grand prizes of free tuition for one three-credit course.

For students reliant on public transportation, extra runs of the campus connector between campuses and to Langley have been added for the evening. However, if you are still unable to attend the full evening, the event will be live-streamed, so all students can take part.

Ultimately, the point of this event is to give students awareness of the support that’s available to them at UFV. After previous LNAP events, the Academic Success Centre and other organizations such as CampusRec, Peer Resource, and the Leadership Centre have seen an increase in usage by students, so they have been better able to assist them.

LNAP will take place on November 7 at the Abbotsford campus in G building from 5:00 p.m. until midnight, and at the Chilliwack (CEP) campus in A building from 3:00 until 10:00 p.m.

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