OPINION: The stress of school can affect students negatively, especially around finals

As we all are horrifically aware, finals are creeping up on us — they’re in mereweeks. Yet many students including myself are dealing with mounting school-related responsibilities such as tests and projects. 

Despite the ever-looming black hole that is known as finals week, we still have tests and projects due that can take a very large toll on us due to rising stress and the sheer amount of work that we have to accomplish. 

Universities and their professors need to become more aware of the general conditions surrounding students. Although it is a professor’s job to teach students, they also need to consider the fact that we have other things to get done as well as school and need to care for ourselves too. 

According to a study done by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 85 percent of college students had felt overwhelmed by everything they had to do in the past year. Meanwhile, 30 percent of college students reported that stress had negatively affected their academic performance. 

There’s no reason that students should be so stressed that it is affecting their academic performance. We are here to learn and cannot do so properly when we are super stressed. 

By combining big assignments and additional tests into the same month as finals, it is increasing the already large amount of stress on students’ backs and can affect their mental health. 

In fact, according to Time, 61 percent of students have experienced overwhelming anxiety in the past year. 

Don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself to your professors and explain the amount of stress that their test or project may bring upon their students. 

Most importantly, don’t forget to look out for yourself. 

Be sure to take time for yourself, and if you need to reach out for help, do it. 

Counseling services can be reached at 618-650-2842. But I recomend getting help from an outside source that will be able to support you more, 

If you need urgent assistance, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. 

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