BY JACQUELINE BOWSER
With winter break over, students are returning back to the college and are resuming their classes. Coming back to school after winter break can be very exciting and stressful. New teachers, new classes and new friends can be overwhelming.
There can be many reasons to factor in what can cause student stress. Adjusting to time management, school course plans, and wanting good grades. Many students also have jobs and families that can contribute to stress levels.
In 2015, the National College Health Assessment reported 15.8 percent of college students had seeked out help. Seeking help is very important if you are experiencing stress.
A poll conducted by Associated Press and MTVu, college students today seem to experience more stress than students attending college ever have.
Experiencing high levels of stress can also lead to health issues. Headaches, lack of sleep and not healthy food can lead to poor grades, according to the University of Michigan Health System.
Learning to deal with stress is very helpful. Some tips on coping with stress are to eat good, make sure that you make good choices. It is recommended to get plenty of sleep, even with deadlines and studying, we all need a good night’s sleep. You might think staying up to help you cram for a test will help you, but instead it leaves you feeling tired, then you get your grades and see you did poorly, now you are more stressed and feel pressure to do better.
“One of the most profound effects of a night of sleep. Is the improvement in our ability to remember things,” Ravi Allada, sleep researcher at Northwestern University, said
Regardless of stress, many students appear to be happy and glad to be back.
Emily Ohara, a 21-year-old General Studies major, said she is happy to be back at school
“My classes are good and I like my professors so far. School just started, we will see how it goes,” Ohara said.
Ashwin Mathur, a 21-year-old Communications Art student, said he is adjusting fine.
“My teachers could be better but then again you have to adapt to different classes,” Mathur said.
Stephanie Preising, a 20-year-old Liberal Arts and Science major, said that she was also adjusting to her classes fine.
“It’s pretty easy because I’m prepared, I got my textbooks early, read the syllabus and I do the homework for today’s classes,” Preising said.
Jennifer Cuevas, a 20-year-old Journalism major, said she is not stressed.
I am happy to be back after break. I am learning a lot of interesting things and I am enjoying it. It is good to see friends again.
As students, many of us look forward to having a break and by the time we get one, we earned it. After all the work we put into our semester and facing other additional responsibilities, it is re-energizing to be able to catch our breath.
Students seem to be happy being back but the semester just got under way. In a few weeks, I wonder if students will remain well-adjusted.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or are depressed, seek help. The college provides counseling services for students who need help. The counseling center is located in East Campus, room 104, you can stop in and make an appointment.