Starting over: College students can manage stress to achieve success

Many college students experience high levels of stress throughout the semester. Dealing with feelings of anxiety and sadness can get in the way of achieving academic success. It is OK to not feel OK, but learning to manage stress is an important skill for all college students to develop. Remind yourself that this isn’t forever and to try to make it better tomorrow. Happiness begins from within yourself and doing what you truly love. Being selfish sometimes is necessary for your well-being.  

I used to be the kind of student who focused only on the grades I received. I would make myself sick trying to get all A’s. Any time I earned a B, I would feel so guilty. A little voice in my head would tell me I wasn’t smart enough and I felt like a failure. This stress and anxiety began to affect my health. I gained a lot of weight and wasn’t able to sleep well. I forgot to take care of myself in exchange for studying. 

Finally in the summer of 2019, I decided to change my lifestyle. I realized that I was not happy in my major and I questioned why I was in it. I decided to start over by changing my major and changing my mindset. Choosing happiness was my new philosophy. I worked hard to change my thinking and started a new chapter.

Studying is still something I have to do, but I’ve learned that my best is good enough even if my score isn’t perfect. Your life is more important and loving yourself should be the first priority. Here are some tips that have helped me and may just help you as well. 

  • Surround yourself with positive people that value you. You deserve to be loved for who you are.
  • Stay rested. Work on developing good sleep habits. 
  • Let go of perfectionism. School and grades aren’t everything, so don’t make it your entire life. 
  • Reward yourself when you do great things. 
  • Create a study plan and stick to it to help manage your time.

Do what makes you feel happy, try your best, and don’t worry. It can be stressful, but remember that grades don’t define your life.  College is a beautiful time in your life so enjoy it. 

 

 

Natalie Farran is a junior double majoring in Health and Human Services and Pre-Health Professions at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She is an honor student as well as a member of her campus chapter of Tau Sigma National Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa. Natalie’s dream is to become a writer. She writes short stories and is preparing to publish her book soon. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also speaks English, Italian, and Arabic.
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13 Comments

  1. Gaia 2 months ago

    Così orgoglioso di te sorella ❤︎

  2. Erika 2 months ago

    Bravo e buona fortuna…. – Erika

  3. Karen Ferrai 2 months ago

    A nicely written article, I benefitted and enjoyed reading it. Keep up the good work. I am looking forward to reading more of your work. Proud of you Nattie!

  4. Marko Ar. 2 months ago

    My dear friend,

    I believe that you will be a famous writer in the future. Just keep working hard!
    Send you a greeting from Ancona, Italy 🙂

  5. Alissar Farran 2 months ago

    I am really so proud of you my precious Nataly, our prolific writer, keep it up, expecting more and more from you. You make us proud. Thanks for Pearson since they give us the chance to read such nice articles and provide creative young writers to become innovative and creative in the future.

  6. Erika :) 2 months ago

    Mi piace molto come scrivi ma specialmente l’argomento che hai portato in questo articolo . Vorrei tanro leggere un’altro articolo scritto da te. Ti mando il mio supporto dall’ Italia

    -Erika-
    ‘I really like how you write but especially the topic you brought up in this article. I would like to read another article written by you. Send my support for you from Italy’.

  7. Roritto 2 months ago

    wow!! Amazing work my multi-talented sister. I am really so proud of you. Keep it up, and I hope to see your books all over the world soon!

  8. Zahra Rosa 2 months ago

    I am so proud of you, my lovely daughter.
    I believe in you, and I wish you all the best.

  9. Erika 2 months ago

    Mi piace molto come scrivi ma specialmente l’argomento che hai portato in questo articolo . Vorrei tanro leggere un’altro articolo scritto da te. Ti mando il mio supporto dall’ Italia

    -Erika-
    I really like how you write but especially the topic you brought up in this article. I would like to read another article written by you. Send my support for you from Italy.

  10. Alex Farran 2 months ago

    You make so proud, my Nat.

  11. Alex Farran 2 months ago

    You make me so proud of you 🙂

  12. Pamela Ataya 1 month ago

    Great article 😍😍😍😍 bravo natalieee

  13. Grace 1 month ago

    A wonderful article written by a wonderful person! Amazing job Natalie! You’re a star in the making☺️

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