College stress

My name is Angela Carucci, and I’m 20 years old. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I am currently a student at Hofstra University, majoring in Journalism and minoring in Italian. I love to write and I love to dance! Combining my two loves I have a blog called, It’s Game Time, featuring a local dance team, the Dancing Damsels. I have recently been inducted into the communications honor society, Lambda Pi Eta.

As a college student, or as a person in general, I have a lot of stress. I’m constantly thinking, over thinking, and maybe even under thinking some things. There are always so many things to do, and not enough hours in a day.
Syllabi are just one of those things that professors hand us, thinking they are helping… they aren’t. They give me major anxiety. Caught, in between a rock and a hard place. Should you look a head, or live in ignorant bliss?
I always look ahead, and then I dream about all the homework I have to get done, which the teacher hasn’t even mentioned yet. But, maybe not knowing is worse, because then those projects or midterms that are worth half your grade sneak up on you. Either way, you’re NEVER ready.
Just writing about it, is stressing me out.
One way that I found that has helped is lists. Lots and lots of lists. Oh, and I can’t forget my planner. In high school living was easy; write down my homework, people actually did that? Now, it’s the only way I survive.
School is like a war, and each course you take is a battle. Every time I make a list I’m setting up my plan for attack. I like to think about what I need to get done, for each class, or even what needs to be accomplished on each day. I jot down what needs to get done. When I get to check off something on my list, I get filled with relief. It may have been the littlest thing, but it’s done, and now I’m one step closer to my goal. It feels good, and when my list is completely done, I feel great.
Lists really do make me feel better. I think everyone can benefit from making a list. If you think about it lists are everywhere; our moms make shopping lists, our siblings make Christmas lists. Lists just get the job done.
Now, lets talk about planners. Besides having one that’s super cute, and trendy, it needs be to good for the whole year not the semester, well that’s what I prefer anyway. I like when it has a section for notes too, so I could write down classroom numbers or a professors office hours. Using a planner becomes your brain. We all say we’ll remember, but most of the time, we do not. Have you ever woken up in a cold sweat, realizing that you forgot to complete homework, for your 8 a.m. the next morning? I haven’t. You know why? My planner.
It really is the little things that can help rid you of stress. Let’s face it; no matter where we are in life, or what age we are, there will probably be something or someone stressing us out. The best we can do is deal with it. Prepare. Write things out, and breath. Knowing what you have to get done is half the battle.

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