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Posted at 3:32 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Flash mobs break the stress of finals

By Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson

In the past week I have been on three college campuses -- and let me tell you, stress seems to just hang in the air. Everyone is worried about final projects, tests and exams. Many students have abandoned their normal eating and sleeping habits, and have upped their caffeine intake.

So imagine you are sitting in the library, under that cloud of stress, when suddenly someone starts singing or dancing -- then more and more people join in.

Flash mobs are all the rage on college campuses, especially during finals. Last week at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, a group of students helped liven up dead week at Love Library with My Chemical Romance's "Teenagers." (Full disclosure: I am a UNL grad.)

Earlier this month at Central Michigan University , thousands of students quickly gathered in the Charles V. Park Library atrium to crowd-surf, throw confetti and forget about finals. (You can read all about it in this Morning Sun article.)

Around finals season last May, a group of Ohio State University students and staffers broke into Glee's version of "Don't Stop Believing" in the Ohio Union. Even President Gordon Gee and Brutus Buckeye joined.

The same sort of thing happened during spring finals at the University of Montana -- although, a little less choreographed. The credits at the end of the video include an important finals season message: "Life is too short to stress."

Now, this isn't a new idea. Back during winter finals in 2008, hundreds of University of Virginia students wearing goofy hats spontaneously gathered outside the library -- then rushed in and staged a quick rave.

And here's another flash rave, this time at Trinity University in San Antonio during spring finals in 2009. (Thanks, Nick Shockey, for sending me the link.)

Has there been a finals week flash mob at your college? I would love to see a video! E-mail me a link, and I will add it to the list.

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By Jenna Johnson  | December 13, 2010; 3:32 PM ET
Categories:  College 101  | Tags:  Central Michigan University, Ohio State, Trinity University, University of Montana, University of Nebraska, University of Virginia  
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