Are you stressed? As the end of the semester approaches, college students can become more stressed. With finals, deadlines, and breaks approaching, students wonder how to get everything done in time.

Here are some helpful tips to deal with the end of semester stress:

– Schedule study sessions
– Ask for help and support
– Meet with your instructors
– Sleep 7-8 hours a night
– Stay organized and use time management
– Limit caffeine intake
– Exercise regularly
– Finish projects and assignments as soon as possible
– Discover relaxation techniques
– Think positively

Are you worried about studying for finals? Join Diversity Advocacy for their Study Jams sessions on Monday, December 9, and Tuesday, December 10, from 5 p.m.-midnight. Study Jams are extended hours offered in the Student Services Building that provides students a quiet and comfortable study environment. There will also be a free breakfast with the Dean of Students Office staff that students can enjoy from 8-10 p.m. during the Monday session. For more information, visit Diversity Advocacy.

Are you getting ready to leave campus for winter break? Students should check with their landlord about certain instructions before leaving for an extended period of time. Upon departure, it is recommended that students:

  • Lock doors and windows
  • Set thermostat to a specific temperature, usually specified in the lease
  • Consider taking important valuables with them
  • Unplug any chargers
  • Pay rent and utilities
  • Take out their trash
  • Empty mailbox
  • Do not pack belongings in their car the night before as this causes easy access for items to be stolen
  • Clean their refrigerator
  • Inventory/document valuable items left in the apartment

For more advice on preparing for breaks, contact Student and Community Outreach at (309) 438-5951.

The Dean of Students Office wishes you the best of luck as the semester comes to an end!