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As the end of the semester nears, many college students feel their stress levels rise. Students realize how much work they still have left to do, and they realize that their time-management skills may not have served them well. They are overwhelmed, tired, possibly sick, and definitely nervous about the outcome.
As you begin to sense your student’s stress, your parental instincts kick in and you want to do everything you can to help. It’s a tricky time. It is important that you let your student know that you’re there for them, you’re ready to listen and offer an encouraging word, but your student needs to find ways of coping on their own. It’s part of the growth of independence and being a college student.
College parenting can be difficult. As parent, you need to tread lightly. It is difficult to step back and watch your student struggle, but sometimes all you can do is offer those encouraging words and a listening ear.
What causes student stress and what does it look like?
The stress that students feel at the end of the semester is very real and can be overwhelming. Students worry about deadlines, final papers, projects, presentations, and final exams. There seems to be so much to do — even for students who thought they were on top of things as the semester progressed.
Different people react to stress differently, of course. Students are no different. Some students will thrive on the stress and adrenaline of the end of the term, while other students may feel overwhelmed and begin to crumble. One thing you can do is to help your student recognize the signs of stress so they can address it as soon as possible. Your student may say they are feeling overwhelmed, but ask whether they are feeling too overwhelmed to be able to do anything. Helping your student analyze the degree of stress is a good beginning.
Can you help from a distance?
If you sense that your college student may be experiencing a stress meltdown, you may feel helpless. You can’t take the exam, give the speech, or say goodbye to friends. However, as a parent, coaching from the sidelines, you can help your student at this difficult time.
But what if you sense that your student does need additional help?
If you are concerned about your student, their friends or classmates, a referral to UCARE may be made. Here are some indicators that a student may need support and outreach from a care manager. A care manager will reach out to the student after receiving the UCARE referral to offer support and connection to helpful resources.
Be patient with your student at this challenging time of the semester. Know that you will feel the tension of feeling helpless, but that the support you provide does make a difference.
Author of Article: Vicki Nelson. Article adapted from Collegeparentcentral.com. Please Note: Missouri S&T does not endorse or have a relationship with SOURCE and articles are provided for information purposes only. Missouri S&T and SOURCE do not assume responsibility for error or omission in materials.
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