Dear Ivy

Dear Ivy

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Ivy gives advice to a student who is feeling the stress of the end of the semester


Dear Ivy,

This point in the semester has me so stressed. Midterms just ended, and I thought I was going to lose my mind. I was up all night for weeks studying and stressing about passing my tests, and I never had time to relax. I thought I would have a break now that exams are over, but now I have other essays and projects that are all due around the same time. I feel like I never have time to just breathe or hang out with my friends anymore. I’m just so busy and tired all the time. I don’t know what to do. Can you help me?

-Burned Out


Dear Burned Out,

College can be very stressful, especially during midterms and finals week. When there are so many homework assignments, projects and weekly lectures already, you seem to never have enough time in-between to just relax or connect with friends. Even though it might seem impossible, here are some steps you can try to get it together and have some more free time.

First, schedule how much time you spend on your assignments in advance. Setting aside the right amount of time to complete your assignments, as well as prioritizing them depending on their deadlines and importance, will help you find more time for your life that isn’t related to school. However, never spend so much time on one assignment that you completely ignore other work you have to do.

Also, try to listen to some music as you work on your assignments. Music helps calm your nerves, and it is a great way to get in tune with yourself mentally. Music without lyrics or songs with a soothing melody help you stay focused for longer periods of time.

A different relaxing option is to take a walk between working on your assignments. This helps to clear your mind by getting in touch with nature. It never hurts to just stop and relax your thoughts, but remember to avoid overthinking things, as that can lead to more stress and panic.

Another way to de-stress is meditation. Take at least 30 minutes out of your day to find some inner peace within. It’s a great way to focus on yourself without any distractions to get in the way. Find a quiet place and give yourself the time to clear your head from the stress of school.

If all else fails, try out exercising. There is nothing like beating out the stress of schoolwork, or using a punching bag to let out the pressure you feel. It is a great way to get yourself physically and mentally in shape for whatever comes your way during the school year.

When it comes to succeeding in college, the most important thing is not just being the best that you can be. It is also about doing your best. Do not overexert yourself, as it could get to the point where it affects your wellbeing. College requires hard work, but it is also the time to make memories with your closest friends. Be the best person you can be, both physical and mentally.