How to Shake off Finals Week in Missoula

Hello from the other side (cue Adele) of finals! Congratulations, you made it! There’s nothing like the feeling of relief that comes after turning in your last exam or paper. Here are a few suggestions for shaking off the semester before you head home for winter break.

Get crafty

The Lifelong Learning Center will host a do-it-yourself upcycled ornaments class at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Instructors will show you how to make ornaments out of everyday household items, including old magazines, posters, bags, paper clips, etc. Feel free to make a few last-minute holiday presents and reuse items in an unexpected way.


Catch up on reading

At last: no more textbook reading! Every semester I find myself steering away from reading for leisure and putting it off until “I have more time.” Fact and Fiction, The Book Exchange and the Starving Artist Cafe all have cheap options for finding great pleasure books. The Little Free Library also has six locations across Missoula where you can take a book and leave a book in exchange.


Get rhythm when you get the blues

Live music is something Missoula is never short on. Sometimes dancing is good for the soul. Check out the Missoula Events page for more information on live music in town.

Insider Tip: Sunday night Jazz at Imagine Nation Brewing will help you shake out any finals week tension.

Holiday festivities

Along with the ornament decorating, there are all sorts of events happening to get you in the holiday spirit. The Sound of Music, the Nutcracker and Hayride Christmas Caroling are a few that come to mind.


Dare I say it? Netflix and chill

It’s now time to binge watch the Netflix show you’ve been meaning to catch up on. Eat as much Holiday goodies as possible, but also try to get outside while you can. Jump in the hot springs if you’re staying in the Missoula area. If you’re headed home for the winter break, take a little bit of time to do your favorite winter activities — whether it’s sledding, skiing or ice skating. It’s important to take time to do the things that you wish you had the opportunity to do during the semester.

Happy Holidays!