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Sunday, April 19, 11:08 p.m.

While stresses of end of semester can weigh heavy, there are ways to relax yourself

This past week has been extremely stressful with academics rapidly winding down and people scrambling to salvage their grades. Lack of sleep, constant worrying and a huge workload are plaguing students, but it’s important for everyone to know that there are resources to help.

College is much more than just academics — it is a preview to the real world. Your parents aren’t constantly looking over your shoulder and you have to do most things on your own using self-discipline.

Besides the schoolwork, the hardest part of college is balancing the budget. A very small percentage of kids in college today are able to fund school out of pocket. Worry about money and if you’re going to be able to afford rent next month can contribute to a lot of kids not returning to school.

Recently, I have heard a few of my friends voice their thoughts on college and if spending all of this money is worth it in the long run or even possible for them to do. Yes, student loans are the most negative outcome that comes along with a college degree; but I truly believe that having an education is worth the money.

With stress levels at an all-time high, students need to take a step back and realize that, believe it or not, there are ways to manage workload and stress without going nuts. First of all, stress can be negative and positive. Positive stress motivates individuals to complete tasks and does not wear on your mind and body. Negative stress, however, is not healthy. A good example of this is when you are feeling so stressed out all you want to do is go lay in your bed and cry your eyes out. When you are under this amount of stress you are very unproductive and are more likely to make irrational decisions.

Stressors are the sources of stress — for instance, a crucial upcoming final. It is possible to manage these stressors to keep you feeling motivated and not emotionally drained all the time. Planning can be very beneficial when dealing with so much on your plate. Using a calendar, write down all of your projects and tests to better help you visualize what is on your agenda. When you complete a task, cross it off. This technique will help you see the light at the end of the tunnel and keep you from being more overwhelmed than necessary.

Prioritize what is of utmost importance, and spend the most time working on those things. With such a short time left in this semester, create a timeline for each of your classes to help you break up your studying and therefore perform better come finals week.

Many kids get so stressed out during this time that they fold. Using the above techniques, you should be able to cope with your workload and succeed at the end of the semester. If you or someone you know is struggling, don’t forget about the Counseling Center on campus, which is a free service to help students with any imaginable issue they could be facing, whether it be tragedy or high stress level.

Finally, remember that there is absolutely no shame in bawling your eyes out or screaming at the top of your lungs into your pillow. Do whatever you have to do in order to get through these last two weeks. And don’t forget that there are resources in place should you need them.