Sources of academic stress include:
- leaving home and structuring time on your own
- commuting to school
- living with a roommate and negotiating differences
- managing the increase in expectations for academic functioning
- handling personal problems while keeping up with school work
- having less structure in life and no one to offer guidance
- dealing with multiple priorities - like getting school work done, socializing, working, meeting family demands and getting good grades
- meeting the expectations of parents, faculty, friends and your own expectations for doing well
- not having enough time to get everything done and
- perhaps not having learned effective study skills and habits prior to coming to college
Ways of coping can be immediate and short-term, or they can be long-term.
Some short-term ways of coping are:
- Take a break when you need one
- Take some deep breaths and slow down
- Relax your body by stretching your muscles
- Take a mental break by using visual imagery
- Keep your sense of perspective by asking yourself: Is this really worth getting upset about?
- Use coping statements like:
- "I can only do the best I can do."
- "I refuse to get stressed out about this."
- "This is not the end of the world."
- "I'll try to do better next time."
- "I know that I can't be perfect, and I don't expect myself to be."
Some long-term coping strategies are:
- learning time management skills and using a daily planner
- learning how to get organized
- learning good study skills
- getting enough rest
- eating well and nutritiously so your body has the energy it needs
- having a good support network
- avoiding drug and alcohol abuse, because you are only creating a new set of problems
- setting your own goals and priorities and living by them
- not trying to please others and live up to their expectations
- giving up having to be perfect
- learning how to think rationally and optimistically
- using the excellent resources available on campus as soon as you begin to experience academic difficulty
Samuel Rudin Academic Resource Center - (914) 633-2217
Counseling Center - (914) 633-2038
Resident Assistants - (914) 633-2336
Office Student Success - (914) 633-2270