Salt Lake Community College students find outlets to cope with stress. De-stress events gives opportunity for students to relax from their studies.
As spring semester comes to an end, SLCC students are faced with finals, end of semester projects and graduation. Along with that comes one inevitable thing: stress. It is hard to avoid when there is so much pressure to pass a class or complete a term paper.
SLCC students identify stressors and ways to handle stress.
“Projects, finals and specifically this year graduating are stressful,” says student Rebecca West. “If I write things down, that helps a lot with my tight schedule, as well as teas or herbal remedies.”
On April 16, the Health and Wellness Center hosted a De-stress Fest in the Student Event Center at Taylorsville Redwood Campus. There were free massages and mood screenings available to SLCC students who wanted to take a break from studying and relax.
“[The] Health and Wellness Center offers stress management techniques in a fun, relaxed and stress-free environment,” says Health Promotion Program Manager Tatiana Burton.
According to the National College Health Assessment, stress is the number one reason why students do not do well in academics.
Student Shanae Schouten has been having difficulty preparing child lab lesson plans for one of her child mentoring classes. The stress from all the work put into the lessons really wears on her.
“Running and talking with somebody in my class that knows what it’s like really helps [coping with stress],” says Schouten.
The free massages and de-stress events gives the opportunity for students to escape from endless hours of studying. Also, the Health and Wellness Center offers tips on how stress can be dealt with.
It’s hard to avoid stress at this time of year, but finding ways to suppress it, can help students deal with school challenges.