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There are many reasons why students visit Counseling Services; anxiety is often one of them. Students frequently come to me after having received a whole host of mixed messages. Most are aware of the rising national prevalence of anxiety among college students. As a result, they receive messages about “self-care” and “making mental health a priority.” On the other hand, students are told to expect anxiety, to tolerate it and — for some — to...

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OpinionTake a chill pill

October 4, 2018121 min

My mom just congratulated me for having my first meltdown of the year in late September, and I was even a little bit excited for myself. I was like, huh, I have gotten almost a month and a half in and I am just now getting stressed enough to cry about it. Good for me! Granted, last year at this time, I was a mess of a first-year with a twitchy eyelid because I refused...

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Two weeks. Just two more weeks of class, then reading days, and then it’s finals season. Then, finally, the spring semester will draw to a close, and we’ll get to relax and enjoy the summer break. That relaxation couldn’t come sooner. This moment in the academic calendar is one of the most stressful: Job and internship deadlines approach, class projects and term papers are due, and soon-to-be spring graduates had better be lining up some...

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Students attend universities to learn and to work. But as adults and high-paying clientele, students should be able to have reasonable expectations for this experience. If we consider the student’s week as a regular week in the working world, then students taking multiple classes in effect have multiple employers. These employers do not typically communicate with one another, and there are often conflicting expectations for deadlines. It is the expectation that a student should be...

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OpinionThat monster, stress

April 4, 2018142 min

“Are you going to take a nap?” my boyfriend asked. “No,” I said. But I didn’t open my eyes. “You look like you’re going to take a nap,” he said patiently. “You’re wrapped up in a blanket burrito again.” Because we have a long-distance relationship while he finishes school in Colorado and I finish school in Texas, he spends a lot of time looking at my head just barely poking out of a blanket. Especially when...

Fifteen years ago, Rohan Walawalkar sat in a car with his mom eating a candy bar — his ideal day. Stuck in traffic, Walawalkar savored every bite of his Cadbury treat, unconcerned with the local homeless woman his mother was talking to. The next thing Walawalkar knew, his perfect day came crashing down. The homeless woman had stolen his beloved Cadbury bar. At the time, Walawalkar was angry and loathed the homeless woman for stealing...