Letter to the Editor: Stressed out? See a counselor

Submitted by David Williams

It’s that time of the year again, when fellow peers will meet in the masses in the sacred library, having a bag full of attainable knowledge by their side, having a preferred caffeinated beverage ready to be consumed at any given time.

Stress balls aren’t the only way to let off steam during exam week. (But they are nice.) Try setting up an appointment with a counselor at the Center for Student Development. Photo illustration by Jessica Shartouny | The Highland Cavalier
Stress balls aren’t the only way to let off steam during exam week. (But they are nice.) Try setting up an appointment with a counselor at the Center for Student Development. Photo illustration by Jessica Shartouny | The Highland Cavalier

They’ll have Facebook and Twitter up on the computer screen for procrastinating purposes, and have intentions of comprehending every possible piece of information for their upcoming final exams.

During these next two weeks, sleep and partying will be at an all-time low, and stress will be at an all-time high.

Based on personal experience, I have never been more stressed out in my life more than during exam week.

Not only do I get stressed from studying for the final exam that may or may not determine whether or not I pass the class, but also from the ungodly amount of papers and homework that always seem to appear during these next two weeks.

I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve told friends because of stress, “Screw this! I am just going to quit this college life, use my student loans to buy a sailboat and become a famous treasure hunter.”

However, no matter how much stress I am under, I always seem to manage myself and pull through these hellish times with the help of friends and family.

But here recently I have been seeing a counselor to help manage stress from a personal situation, and let me tell you, the counseling services are helping me tremendously, in all areas of life.

I feel like, as young adults, we think seeking help from a counselor is sought to be a sign of weakness.

If you need help, then you need help — don’t be ashamed of it.

My advice?

Anyone who thinks they may need help during a difficult time should make an appointment with the counseling services in the Center for Student Development.

Williams is a junior economics major

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