Thursday April 7, 2016

Handling Stress

Closing out the first year. 

Well, we’re now at around 28 remaining days before leaving campus to the squirrels for the summer. Oh, if you’re not aware, Dayton has a huge squirrel population— probably four squirrels to every one student. They’re ridiculously active too. I digress. With just under a month left, there’s certainly plenty to do. Think at least one large project and at least two papers per class. And working out summer employment. And scheduling classes for next year. And finding a way to pack up everything you own and moving it to however far away you happen to live. And saying goodbye to all of your friends. Sure there’s plenty to do, and I’m already exhausted just thinking about it. 

So let’s talk about stress! 

College is essentially high school, but on steroids. There’s still going to be drama in college, unfortunately. People will still get on your nerves. That being said, it’s easier to avoid it at the college level. Your classes will stress you out at times. Papers and homework will still somehow manage to pile up, despite all your efforts to get ahead of things. Stress is sorta unavoidable at the college level—but you do have control over how you react to it. 

It’s not the easiest thing to overcome, but it’s possible. Stay on top of everything as much as you can, and be willing and open to try to talk to your professors about the possibility of extending deadlines—most times you’d be surprised at their flexibility. Try to plan ahead as much as you can. Most importantly, find something fun to be a part of that’s not school. There’s enough clubs out there to distract you for a lifetime. 

For those high school seniors out there, the curtain’s coming down on this part of your life. Enjoy these final days. Like I said, plan ahead as much as you can about next fall— including the school you’ll be attending, if you haven’t already. Lastly, please feel free to ask any question you may have on the Facebook Class of 2020 page. There are plenty of current students who watch that page (including myself) who are more than willing to answer any questions you may have. 

Focus in, power through this last month, and go Flyers!

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