Finals are coming. Your stress levels are at a record high. You’re aching for a release, for some way to escape from the ocean of essays, projects and tests.

Lucky for you, CA Alternatives has a solution.

At 12 p.m. this Saturday, CA Alternatives is hosting a trip to Maymont Park, a location known for its Italian and Japanese gardens, wildlife exhibits, mansion tours and more. It’s a serene atmosphere that is perfect for a spring day, and there are still a few spots available.

“We wanted to give students the opportunity to see what the city of Richmond has to offer,” CA coordinator Jordan Nguyen said. “Maymont is just one of the numerous neat options available, so why not help the students get off campus and experience spring at Maymont park?”

Students will have free reign of the park; though CA Alternatives will offer group activities like frisbee, the intention of the trip is to allow students to explore and enjoy Maymont on their own terms.

“We just want everyone to find their own version of fun and enjoy themselves,” Ciana Young, WC ’17, said. Young is a Cultural Advisor and leading Saturday’s trip.

In the event of rain, students who still want to get off campus will be taken to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

CA Alternatives aims to promote inclusivity and community on campus by holding events every Saturday night of the school year. CA events typically begin at 9 p.m., but this weekend’s Maymont trip is an exception.

“CA is a wonderful organization that puts the task of community building and inclusion right in the hands of students that love the community,” Young said. The organization has a head CA coordinator and faculty advisor, though it is largely a team effort.

After Maymont, the next, and final, CA event of the semester is the Year End Bash, which will be held at 9 p.m. on April 18 in the Web. The Bash will include a giant inflatable, outdoor volleyball, and various treats.

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