It’s getting to be the end of the school year. And that means deadlines for many students, which amplifies the levels of stress, which usually culminates at the end of the semester with finals. There are many ways to help alleviate the stress, and many different mechanisms used to help cope with it. However, some people can become so overwhelmed that they have no idea where turn or what to do.
“With the end of the semester, there’s no wiggle room,” said Dr. John Eggers, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services. “Deadlines are deadlines, so a lot of students feel that pressure building up.”
One can walk around any building on the Saint Cloud State University campus, and see several students either hitting the books hard, or gluing themselves to computers to make sure that they complete their assignments and projects on time. But homework isn’t the only thing that weighs on students’ minds.
“I’m still an undecided major, so the stress of figuring out classes to take next year when I don’t have a clear direction can be hard,” said Julian Gaillot, a Saint Cloud State student.
“I am not a fan of writing a bunch of reports and papers,” said Hadassah Early, another Saint Cloud State student. “I also find it frustrating when the professor doesn’t follow the syllabus, and I’m trying to get everything organized.”
There are several things that can be done to help reduce the amount of stress and be able to deal with the issues at hand.
“Taking breaks at regular intervals is recommended,” said Eggers. “Also making sure you don’t take on too much and don’t take on new things will help create a better focus environment.”
But for those that don’t know how to manage each stress factor in their life, and become very stressed out beyond belief, help is a phone call and appointment away. Counseling and Psychological Services is free to all Saint Cloud State students, and offer different insights on what to do when life seems to be nothing but one continuous crisis.
“If I don’t have the ambition to get something done, I will get a coffee, and sit down and force myself to do my work,” Early stated. “Otherwise, I end up just procrastinating and go out shopping instead, which is a terrible way to deal with stress.”
And students who deal with the different stresses that come with end-of-semester woes, offer advice to others in hope of helping their fellow student out.
“Figuring out what you want to do is a huge thing, so find your passion and talk to your advisor about having a structured schedule,” said Gaillot.
“Don’t put things off. Set yourself some goals that are doable and get them done,” said Early. “Don’t be like me and put everything off, which will only add to the stress level later.”