How to deal with end of semester stress

The time of year every college student dreads is right around the corner. The end of the semester is the worst time of the year for many students. Assignments are due, finals are just around the corner, and grades are being put on the Tartan quicker than we can blink. This is such a stressful time and students must learn to deal with it. Thankfully, there are many ways to deal with end of the semester stress.

It primarily depends on the student. Chloe Meltone, Maryville College freshman, said, “I create things.” Not everyone deals with stress in the same way. Mattie Wheeler, a freshman said, “I separate myself from people. I like to be completely left alone while I am stressed.”

Some great ways to deal with stress is to have some time to yourself. Take a break from the studying or the homework and take a walk around our beautiful campus. We are the luckiest students and also have the Great Smoky Mountains less than 30 miles out of our reach! Take a drive to Foothills Parkway and lay on the grass.

Diamond Cronan and Meridith Daffron become stress free taking fun pictures in Cades Cove.
Photo courtesy of Meridith Daffron.

If you want to stay on campus a great way to relieve stress is to starfish. Starfishing is just what it sounds like, you lay on the grass like a starfish. Also, laying on the couches in the CCM works too. These things help you completely relax.

Kirksey Croft, Maryville College sophomore, said, “I like to text or call the people I care about. The little things really make a difference, especially as a stressed student.” Some students like to take time to themselves and watch TV.

Eleanor Forester, Maryville College sophomore, said, “I like to watch Netflix when I’m stressed.” There are so many different ways to relieve stress. There are still students who don’t know how to deal with stress.

Allison Parton, Maryville College junior, said, “I scream into the void when I’m stressed because I don’t know how to handle it.” She also has a great system to try and get things done, “I make a list of all the things I have to do. I start off by doing the smaller assignments that I know I can get done. Then I feel better because I am checking off assignments off my list and that makes me more productive.”

Another way to deal with stress is by setting goals for yourself when doing assignments. Bailey Holt, Maryville College junior said, “I set goals for myself. For example, when writing an essay if I write 500 words, I can go get coffee. Even small things like watching one episode of TV. I just limit myself.”

The end of the semester is a rough time for everyone. Remember that everyone is in the same place. As a student, you have to try different ways to relieve stress and find what works for you.

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