How to Deal With Stress in College

Kevin Randolph is a third year student at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He is majoring in Mass Communications and Languages and Cultures. He is passionate about writing, music, language, journalism and media.

Every college student is bound to feel some sort of stress during his or her college career. College life can be extremely busy. Students have classes to attend, papers to write, and exams to take. On top of that, many students also balance work, clubs, sports, internships, planning for future careers, social life… The list goes on. It’s safe to say that college students have a lot on their plate, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Just follow these simple tips and you’ll be on your way to success in college with minimal stress.

1. Remember that you’re not alone.
Everyone feels stressed at some point in their lives, especially during college. Different people get stressed for different reasons, however. For some, it may be the academics. For others, it may be that they have trouble acclimating to college life. Other students worry about what classes to take or what to major in. The important thing to remember through all of this is that you are not alone. Other students are feeling the same way you are, and there are plenty of people and resources available to help you with your worries. Seek out students who may be feeling the same way as you are and talk to them. Take advantage of the help your school offers you by talking to professors or visiting the career development center. If your having trouble in classes, get a tutor. Many schools even offer professional counseling free of charge with your tuition. Don’t forget about your contacts back home either. Family and old friends can be a great support system for dealing with the busyness and stress of college life. No matter what’s stressing you out, there’s always someone to talk to.

2. Plan ahead.
If finals week is approaching and you still have cracked open your textbook or started that final paper, you’re in for a busy, anxiety-filled week. Late nights spent cramming for exams instead of sleeping and days full of stress are not healthy. Putting yourself in such a situation will also likely result in lower grades than if you had planned ahead and budgeted your time. You’re responsible for yourself in college, and you have the power to make it easier or harder on yourself. Don’t give in to the temptation to put off work and lounge around on the quad. Instead, get an early start on what you need to do. Then, take a break and do something fun. Get your work done in small segments, so that you’re not rushing through the whole thing the night before. That being said…

3. Stay healthy.
It’s important to plan and make sure you get all your course work done on time, but don’t spend ALL your time studying. The busyness of college life sometimes leads college students to neglect the basic necessities of life: things like eating healthy, sleeping, exercising, having fun, and, in extreme cases, showering. I may have been joking a little on that last one, but I’m sure it’s happened. Staying healthy by being active and eating right will make you feel better and feeling good will make it easier to succeed in college. Plus, a good workout at the gym is a great way to blow off steam and de-stress. Meditation is another great way to keep stress in check. When some people hear the word meditation, they conjure up an image of a bearded monk sitting cross-legged on a mountaintop, but meditation is really something anyone can do and benefit from. Sitting down, relaxing, and concentrating on something other than your busy schedule will do wonders for your stress levels. Also, college is about learning and growing. And not just academically. Get out there, make friends, join clubs, and learn from the whole experience.

College can be a busy, exciting and, sometimes, stressful time in life. You can cut down on the stress by planning ahead, keeping your body and mind healthy, and taking advantage of the resources your school offers. Follow these tips and you’ll be spending less time stressing out and more time enjoying your college experience.

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