Advice for Awkward People

Dear Michelle,

It’s the last week of the semester and I have never been so stressed! It’s ridiculous how much work I have right now, I don't think the workload has ever been this bad for me. Or let me clarify, I've always had a lot of work. But at least all the deadlines for my assignments were spread out in the week, and not due on the same day! This happened to me a couple of times this week, and it's all just left me feeling extremely overwhelmed. I don't know how I can go on to finish the semester. Do you think you could help me out? Tell me what to do!!


Definitely Overwhelmed, Never Ending

Dear DONE,

The first thing I have to say is hang in there. You're so so close and the final stretch of the semester is usually going to be the most difficult for everyone. I completely understand what you're going through, and so does almost every other student on campus. Please keep that in mind. We're all going through this together, and struggling with friends can actually be a pretty helpful way to deal with this stressful time. The first thing I would advise you to do is to talk to your closest friends or family members if you start feeling really overwhelmed. They can provide you with comfort and more advice on how to best deal with your stress. Reaching out to your friends is especially helpful because they'll likely be able to relate to you, and you all can work together to find ways for making this situation a little better.

On those days or nights when you have so many things due the next day, something that can help your mental organization is to allot an hour or so to work on each assignment that you have. That can help distribute your time and efforts, and also help you make progress on all your assignments. Also, please prioritize taking breaks. You don't want to completely burn yourself out while you're working.

I know it's hard right now, but you're going to get through this. This probably also isn't the first time you've dealt with a stressful situation. But just remember to stay relaxed, stay focused, and ask for help when you need it, either from your friends, family, or even your teachers - it's definitely not a bad thing to ask for an extension. And trust that you'll make it through to the end of the semester in one piece. Have confidence in yourself and your abilities, and know that everything will all be fine in the end.