Frustration: a common side effect from reading

Students who feel frustration from reading should approach the task like a sport with faculty as the coach By RICHARD MCGRAIL Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong There are many reasons why reading can be frustrating, but a big one is focus, namely, being able to understand what a text is saying, instead of just recognizing words on a page. Maria Romfoe, an exchange student from the … Continue reading Frustration: a common side effect from reading

Meet your UAS Wellness Team

Take a look at the staff who are a well-th of knowledge when it comes to student health and happiness. BY JENNIFER MALECHA For the UAS Whalesong College life has its ups and downs. Juggling classes, homework, social obligations, work, and family can get tricky. Throw in a few added stressors like the flu, homesickness, an “F” on an exam, relationship difficulties, and lack of … Continue reading Meet your UAS Wellness Team

Stress isn’t Actually That Bad For You

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As students, we all experience some degree of stress. How often and how severe the stress is can change, and is different from individual to individual, but it is still there nonetheless. Since it is still very early in the semester you might not be feeling it now. However, this time could be a key for you. By staying ahead with the readings and homework for your classes, you may be able to stay ahead of stress. Having a well established routine can impact how well you function when the going gets rough (as in your first round of midterms and eventually finals). Continue reading “Stress isn’t Actually That Bad For You”

The Game is On

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Post-Halloween and pre-Christmas break is perhaps the most stressful time of year for students, because it heralds the arrival of final tests and projects. And, while I do not promote blatantly ignoring your problems until they go away (because most of the time, they won’t), sometimes you do need to just stop and give yourself a little break. And I think that video games are a great way to do that! But before you skip away from this article, muttering something derisive about gamers – give me a chance. I’m not talking about Call of Duty or Halo or World of Warcraft, here. I’m simply referring to a selection of calming, distracting games that I’ve found floating around the internet that I find both distracting and relaxing. I thought I would share what I’ve found with those of you who might want something to do on your computer during your 15-minute study breaks, or in the evenings after you’ve just finished a huge assignment but still have a bundle of nervous energy you need to get rid of.

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Health Corner: Coping with Stress

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Stress is a natural part of life and affects all college students to some degree. However, today’s college students have more external responsibilities than ever before. Today, more than half of college students hold full or part time jobs on top of rigorous academic responsibilities. Common stressors in college life:
-Being away from home, perhaps for the first time
-Changes in family and social life
-Financial responsibilities
-Exposure to new people and experiences
-Substance use
-Increasing awareness of one’s sexual identity and orientation
Stress impacts us physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. It can cause exhaustion and illness and can make us more prone to accidents. It can also lead to chronic absences, trouble keeping up with deadlines, and a drop in grades. Do you recognize signs of stress in your life? Continue reading “Health Corner: Coping with Stress”

Stressed Isn’t Best

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Hey there,
I was recently re-watching some of the British comedy show The IT Crowd, a show about two IT department workers and their supervisor in a large office building. In one of the first episodes, the company boss gives a speech to announce that he’s declaring war on stress. Since it’s a BBC comedy show, you can imagine how rapidly things went downhill from there; regardless, it got me thinking about stress and how prevalent it is in our lives as college students. Sometimes it’s easier to ignore than other times, but it’s always there. So, when it does rear its ugly head and require Immediate Attention, how can you care for and alleviate your stress? Continue reading “Stressed Isn’t Best”