Managing Stress for Seniors in Transition to Life After College

For those of you who are graduating, you are experiencing a range of emotions which include something along the spectrum of excitement and some stress/anxiety.  It is normal to have these feelings, but each individual experiences these emotions to varying degrees.   I would like to share some tips with you to help you make a confident step forward in the direction of the transition to life after college.

Try to keep things in perspective; sometimes things are not as bad as they seem!

 

  • Stay in touch with your classmates.  They are your support network and they are going through some of the same challenges as you and they may even be able to help you with your next move (either job or apartment).
  • Share your concerns with a mentor or someone you trust who has more experience (could be a professor or someone who works in your field of interest).  They will not be able to solve all your problems, but they may be able to shed some light on a concern or help you come up with a new idea or approach to tackling an issue.
  • Strive to find the balance in your life. If you are feeling overwhelmed or too stressed, take a step back and take a break from what you are doing.  This can help you gain some perspective and recharge your batteries.
  • Utilize all the resources at your disposal on campus including the Career Center, the Counseling Center, the Student Health Center and even the Kay Spiritual Life Center has a support group for graduating seniors that meets every Sunday at 4pm.
  • Try not to compare yourself to your classmates; focus on what your goals are because there will always be someone who has more or less experience than you.
  • Focus on the factors that are within your control such as your energy level, your overall attitude, and your work ethic.  Put your best foot forward when solving problems.
  • Keep family members and loved ones involved and up to date on your life.  These are the times when you need your support network the most.  Just remember that you are never alone and that sharing your concerns with others can sometimes help lift the burden.

Congratulations on your graduation!

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