The transition from the long three and a half months of summer to the chaos of academic life is very challenging. Not only do students have to adjust to living in a new environment, but they must also shift back into an academic mindset.
With first semester already halfway through, people are finally beginning to get back into the groove of with roommates, finding a good routine, and managing their homework. But of course, as soon as students start to feel comfortable, all peace of mind is disrupted as the dreaded midterm season falls upon the BC community.
Two midterms and a paper due in one week? With Boston College’s rigorous classes, it can be very hard to keep stress under wraps when so many high stake assignments are piling up at once.
This stress can hinder work efficiency and effectiveness, strain relationships with peers, and in extreme cases, cause periods of increased anxiety and depression. Due to the harmful side effects of school-induced stress, it is important to be aware of the various mechanisms that exist for management of the negative effects that school can have on mental health.
Luckily, there are many ways students remain calm and manage stress during the hectic midterm weeks to come this October and November:
Make a schedule for each day of the week – and stick to it!
One way to manage time and stress during the upcoming midterm weeks is to make a schedule for yourself for each day of the week. Planning out when and what work you will be doing will lead to a more productive day, and will hopefully provide a sense of accomplishment with each assignment checked off your to do list!
Make sure to take breaks – exercise and use meals as an excuse to see friends
It is important to remember that no matter how much work you have, you cannot possibly be working all day and all night. Breaks are important because they refresh your brain. It is also crucial to give your body its necessary energy and nutrients, so use the three meals of the day as a practical and efficient way to take breaks. You can use meals as an excuse to see friends, allowing you to spend time with others even in the midst of your busiest academic weeks here at BC. Furthermore, you can use break time to exercise, which is a proven way to stimulate brain functions.
Wake up and go to bed at reasonable hours
While many students stay up all night cramming for their big exams, it is better to go to sleep at a reasonable hour. That way, you can study the next day feeling well-rested and energized. It is a good idea to set a sleep schedule so that you go to bed and wake up at reasonable hours. Sleep deprivation will only hurt you in the long run, and is not worth a few extra hours of lethargic studying.
Prioritize mental health over academic success
Finally, it is crucial to remember that while school is important, you can only do your best, and at the end of the day mental health should be the most important concern. When it comes down to it, one college exam is nowhere near as meaningful as enjoying your time and making lasting memories.