As the end of the semester nears, burnout and stress become more and more prevalent across campus. You won’t find Ben Brown and the UC bustling this time of year. It’s Samford’s Library that becomes the hub of campus as winter nears.
Stress and burnout become two huge factors with the tricky balance of final exams and holidays. A study from Gallup Polls shows that 66% of college students experience stress at some point in their four years. Samford student Will Crawford offered his tips on how to healthily manage stress and avoid burnout.
“It’s a daily battle of like, for me I know I recover well from finding solitude. Finding silence and things that I like to do. One of those things is reading, I like reading a lot, and I try to carry a book with me everywhere so that throughout my day it’s like a restful thing to go somewhere and read a little bit. I feel productive when I read.”
With Samford being a Christian campus, prayer is often used to work with stress and burnout. Student Will Mason gave his insight into the effectiveness of prayer on stress overall.
” I think it’s effective, however I also don’t think it is the end-all be-all. I think it’s always good to rely on the Lord and to reach out to Him if you’re ever in doubt or stressed. However, as Christians we do also need to realize that just because we say a prayer, that doesn’t mean all of our answers are solved. There’s times where we won’t get an answer, and we just have to wait on Him and His plan to do so and keep moving forward rather than not getting an easy answer that we want and then falling apart with it.”
Resources like the Care Team, Counseling Services, and the Academic Success Center are available for Samford students as resources to healthily manage the stress of college.