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Overcoming student anxieties

How to stay afloat this semester

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Counseling services are available at the Counseling and Student Development Center at QLC room 312.


If earning a degree was easy, everyone would make an attempt at it. While being involved in the mess of it all, a student may find it difficult to imagine the light at the end of the tunnel. Deadline after deadline can eventually lead one to feel completely overwhelmed.

It is crucial for students to find balance, and with that, an outlet to relieve stress. One positive way to let go of built-up anxiety caused by schoolwork is to spend time outside, taking in the scenery. 

Attending college in Hawai‘i has many perks, one being the beautiful beaches that surround us. As students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, we are fortunate enough to have access to beaches such as Ala Moana Beach Park and Lanikai Beach, which are between 10 and 30 minutes away. With midterms just around the corner, it is imperative to take a break to avoid burning yourself out. What better way to relax than by spending time with your toes in the sand, soaking in some vitamin sea?

In an email interview, undergraduate senior Emma DeMaris explained how she copes with the stresses brought on by balancing an intense seven-class schedule with a job and working at Kennedy Theatre.

“My favorite way to manage the stress from school work [is] to bring my hammock to the beach and do my homework there. That way I’m still getting my homework done but it’s a lot less stressful. I leave feeling motivated from the work I accomplished and recharged from the fresh air and sunshine. It’s a win-win.”

Though the pressure of maintaining good grades can add to the anxieties of a college student, it is possible to incorporate your work into a day at the beach. You will find yourself feeling a little less guilty while multitasking, a skill often developed by college students.

Managing your time becomes extremely important while juggling classes, a job and a social life. If you find yourself in need of advice or support this semester, UH Mānoa offers many services at the Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC). Do not hesitate to make an appointment or check out their website. Seeking help in de-stressing can improve academic success and aid students in adjusting to everyday anxieties.

It is important to find time for yourself, even if that means taking time away from a hectic schedule. Find what makes you happy, keep up with hobbies and spend time with friends. We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful state, so grab a floaty or surfboard and take advantage of this extraordinary place we call home. By participating in activities that will benefit your health and decrease your stress levels, you will be able to maintain your happiness and reach your goals at the same time.