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Going Back To Campus

College can be a time of change and excitement, but for many students this next step in life can be very stressful and confusing. If you're a freshman, you may be away from home, and everything is unfamiliar for the first time. For returning students, re-adjusting to a new school year after a long summer break can be challenging. If you're feeling stressed, you're not alone. In the last year, over 30 percent of college students were so stressed out that their school work suffered. Whether you're new to campus or starting your senior year, here are some tips to help you settle in to the semester.

  • Carefully plan your day. It can be hard to budget all of your time to get assignments done, especially with added responsibilities such as jobs. Make time each week to prioritize your schoolwork and set realistic goals for yourself. If you feel stressed out, take a break .
  • Practice healthy living. Sleep, exercise, and eating habits all play a role in your physical health and wellness. To stay healthy, check out your campus recreational center for a schedule of athletic activities you enjoy and your dorm cafeteria or student union for healthy dining options.
  • Avoid drinking. You may think that drinking is just part of the college experience, however, you can find activities, whether a dance party, cultural event or comedy night that will help you meet other students who share your interests and do not want to indulge in drinking. Never drive or be a passenger in the car of someone who has been drinking.
  • Manage stress. College students are turning to unhealthy activities such as binge drinking or improper prescription drug use to cope with stress associated with homesickness, loneliness, exams, constant deadlines, social pressures, and many other things. If you're stressed out, there are healthy steps you can take to feel better. Go for a walk, exercise, take up a hobby, or talk to a friend.
  • Watch your spending. Many college students are on a tight budget. Fortunately, restaurants, movie theaters, and museums often offer student discounts. Be careful with credit cards. It is very easy to get into debt, so spend wisely and avoid impulse purchases.
  • Seek support from other people. This may be a roommate, a friend, your parents, or your Resident Advisor if you live in a dorm. Sharing your feelings reduces isolation and helps you realize that you are not alone. If you are constantly feeling overwhelmed, stressed or depressed, talk to someone at your student health center.

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