Fall semester of the 2016-17 academic year has officially begun! Students are on campus, classes have started, and due dates have been given.
For many, the beginning of each school year is an exciting time. Friends move back onto campus, reunions take place, and great conversations occur. New friendships are made, new opportunities arise, and many new experiences are had.
But the beginning of a new year can also be stressful. I'm discovering it can very well be both exciting and stressful at the same time.
So to everyone who is stressed or overwhelmed, I want you to know it's okay. You're not alone.
It seems that all at once, everything begins. Classes get going, extracurricular practices are held, on-campus work-study starts, events are scheduled, and all these previous commitments you made start to rise back to the surface.
Some students jump from hectic and busy summers right into the school year, and that can be stressful. Some students come to campus from relaxing summers and find the transition back to college to be a little overwhelming. Some students are living away from home for the first time; though they've said their goodbyes to family and friends back home, that doesn't make it any easier. Some students are dealing with really tough issues, and the thought of adding homework to that already large load seems to accentuate the present stress.
Wherever you land on the spectrum from at peace to stressed out, it's okay. I can guarantee you there are several others on campus with the same kind of feelings as you.
Me? I'm stressed out. But I've done this thing before. I know it will all work out.
Today marks the beginning of my sophomore year. I'm excited for so much this year, but I've got to admit that right now I'm a little stressed out.
Looking at the grand scheme of the whole semester's work and all of my commitments can be overwhelming. The trick is to take it all one day at a time. Take each assignment, each commitment, and each practice one at a time. Take care of yourself, sleep, and know that you'll get the hang of things soon enough.
It might take time, but eventually you'll realize that yeah, you've got this.
You've got this, and you've got the whole campus community walking right beside you.