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Peer Adviser Post: Handling Stress & Student Wellness

Handling Stress & Student Wellness
By Will Hughes CC '13

Being a student at Columbia can be difficult at times, especially getting used what might be a more academically challenging environment. In between coursework, extracurricular activities, and everything New York City has to offer, taking time just to relax and decompress can fall by the wayside very easily. But since it’s important to remember to take that time to de-stress, here are some tips on how to be well while at Columbia:

Check in with yourself: It can be so easy to get caught up in the million things going on on and off campus, and the incredible people you’re meeting. But take a few minutes every day to see how you’re feeling. Are you spending your time on things you find rewarding?

Take a break: Carve out time to just relax, hang out with friends, and not worry about schoolwork. This will help you be more productive when you are working, and have a lot less stressful of a time here.

Don’t be too hard on yourself: it might seem like everyone around you is getting perfect grades and has everything in order, but in reality, every student here struggles at different times to manage their workload. Moving out of the mindset that says you have to do and be everything can really help you enjoy your time here.

Know about the resources out there, and feel comfortable asking for help: There are so many resources Columbia provides to its students, because it wants to see all of us succeed. On the academic side, your advisors are always there, and they can connect you to tutoring, study groups, and specific departments’ resources. For more general stress, there’s always your RA, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Chaplain’s Office, Nightline, and the list goes on and on.

If you have questions or comments please email your Peer Advisers at:

Stressed about classes? Confused about internship-hunting? Just need someone to talk to?

Ask the CSA Peer Advisers!
Monday- Wednesday: 5-8pm in 403 Lerner
Thursday: 1-4pm on Lerner Ramps (NEW TIME & LOCATION)

See you then!


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