Student Voices: How to deal with school stresses | Work of Arts
Student Voices: How to deal with school stresses | Work of Arts

Student Voices: How to deal with school stresses

Fourth year student Ashton Mucha provides new and returning Arts students with tips and resources on how to manage stress.

Student Voices is a WOA blog feature that presents the experiences and point of views of current Arts students around campus. Get to know our creative and passionate students through their “voices” and get a snapshot of life as an Arts undergrad. The views and opinions expressed within these student voices posts are solely those of the author.

Well, it looks like you’ve survived your first month back to school! Some of you may have only recently stopped asking “is it still August?” and finally got around to picking up your textbooks from the bookstore. For others, you’ve already had a few papers and midterms, and perhaps have even been graded on your first major efforts of the semester. And yes, you may have cried a little upon receiving your marks, but don’t worry, we’ve all been there.

For those of you new to the University of Alberta, welcome! Chances are that throughout September you may have been lost a few times making your way around campus, stopping occasionally to look at the campus map without trying to look like a newbie. It’s okay, we’ve been there too. And then there’s the look of confusion on your faces when you were trying to figure out the numerous acronyms of the buildings, specifically learning the differences between T, TL, TB and TBW. I know, OMG.

There are multiple resources and services on campus that are here for YOUR benefit. Take advantage of them!

And for those of you who are returning to the U of A for your second, third, fourth, or fifth year, doesn’t it feel good to be home? Okay, so maybe you’re still wishing it was summer and it’s taken you a little while to get back into the swing of things, but hey, you’ll find some motivation soon!


Now, with the back-to-school beer gardens and Week of Welcome behind us, and numerous exams, essays and finals ahead (hip hip hooray), school can get a little stressful. Hopefully by now you’ve established where your classes are located, maybe even remembered the route to your favourite library, dried your tears from your first midterm and realized that yes, it’s time to buckle down. But maybe you haven’t figured out the best way to deal with this stress.

Have no fear, UAlberta is here! Okay, so that was kind of cheesy, but it’s true! There are multiple resources and services on campus that are here for YOUR benefit. Take advantage of them!

studentsuccesscentrePerhaps you need some good R&R between papers, you could always check out the weekly yoga classes in SUB: Yoga for Peace of Mind. Or maybe the closest thing to social interaction you’ve experienced lately comes from a mumbled “sorry” as you bump into someone on the way to the library. In that case, RATT or Dewey’s might be the place for you.

If you’re looking for assistance with your courses, take a look at some of the resources that the Student Success Centre (located in SUB) provides. They offer help with learning, writing and communication. In Assiniboia Hall, there’s also the Centre for Writers, which has free workshops for those of you who may need some writing guidance.

Then there are workshops from the Counselling & Clinical Services that teach you about ways of dealing with your stress or anxiety, and provide answers to other potential issues you may have. And if you need someone to listen to your issues and what’s stressing you out, check out the Peer Support Centre. Both of these services are also in SUB.

There are many other ways for you to manage your stress levels, and everyone is a little different. The above options are simply a few of the ways the University of Alberta can help you. So, here’s to hoping that the second set of midterms and papers will end in celebration and not in tears. Just know that you’re not alone; everyone gets stressed. Good luck!

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About Ashton Mucha

Ashton Mucha

I'm Ashton Mucha, and I'm in my fourth and final year of my undergraduate degree with major in English and a minor in Philosophy. I am fortunate enough to have been attending the University of Alberta for the entirety of my university career, and I'm looking forward to potentially continuing my education at the U of A in the English graduate program. I love being involved with and taking advantage of the various opportunities and events that UAlberta has to offer. I recently volunteered as an orientation leader for transfer and mature students entering the University of Alberta for Fall 2014. I can confidently say that I am proud to be a UAlberta student, so I was very pleased to show the new students around our beautiful campus and give them any information or advice for their first year. Thanks to the Education Abroad program, I will be finishing the remainder of my final year and the winter semester (yes, I get to skip the snow) at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. I'm interested in learning about Australian literature and comparing it to the types of Canadian, American and British literature that I have learned about over the past few years!