The Stress Test


The Stress Test provides customized, interactive sessions with students interested in:

  • Mindfulness & Leadership Development
  • Transition & Change Management (Social Life / Newfound Freedom / etc.)
  • Mental Health Awareness (Stress / Anxiety / Panic)

Learning to lead: help yourself to better mental health.

Today’s college students are facing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety. From social media to student loans, the pressure to adapt and succeed comes from every angle, and without the proper coping skills, students can easily feel overwhelmed and suffocated.


That’s where The Stress Test comes in.

This is not a lecture; this is a discussion customized to the specific needs and objectives of each campus with one goal in mind; for every student to know that they are not alone. 

Designed by writer, comedian and educator Mike Finoia, The Stress Test takes a refreshingly interactive approach to addressing the ever-present stressors of collegiate and early adulthood life.

Students are invited to take part in the interactive session, through round table-type discussion and thought-provoking questions. This style has proven effective and appreciated by the student body, giving them a sense of ownership in the material and its outcome.

Mike utilizes his personal pitfalls, achievements, and lessons learned to guide a conversation about forgiving yourself, asking for what you need, and taking care of yourself and others.

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Here’s What Everyone’s Saying About The Stress Test:

On April 10th I had the opportunity to attend and participate in a [StressTest] leadership presentation lead by Mike Finoia at Husson University. Mike provided useful information and tips on how, as leaders, to take care of our mental health and wellbeing to be able to better lead and support others. Mike’s presentation was very original in the way it focuses more on supporting yourself as a leader before you start taking on the task of supporting others. The idea of “no one stands alone” is very evident as Mike’s core concept, including those helping others not stand alone, need support too. 

In just a few short hours, I felt I was able to grow as a person individually and also as a peer in any activity that I may take the role of leader on. I am very thankful for this opportunity being presented to me and look forward to applying my new acquired skills and knowledge! 

– Mollie Roy; Husson University, Bangor, ME