As the year comes to a close, end-of-semester stress is kicking in, and some students are struggling to deal with it.
SAIT offers many services to help students cope with stress, whether it’s related to school or their personal life.
Shan Robertson, manager of SAIT’s Learning Skills Services office, says that while the semester coming to an end, it is important for students to seek help if they need it.
“There’s a number of different services that [students] can access. It just depends on what’s most pressing on students,” said Robertson.
Although focusing on one’s academics is important, Robertson emphasizes that it is just as important to take care of one’s mental health.
“Things that are happening outside of school can certainly affect how somebody does in school. You can’t really separate them,” said Robertson.
Coming to terms with that fact can be an important factor when you are trying to relieve stress mentally as well as in academics.
“When one gets overwhelmed, the ability to problem solve sometimes gets a little less easy,” she said.
Robertson recommends talking to someone if you get into this situation.
“A lot of people try to do it on their own, and that can actually make the anxiety or distress worse.”
Jose Casayuran, a second-year business administration student at SAIT, has taken full advantage of the services that SAIT has to offer.
“Their unbiased and professional advice has helped me in times where I felt like I was completely alone and stuck with no options,” said Casayuran.
Though Casayuran has used these resources, a lot of students haven’t, and Robertson thinks that’s unfortunate.
A lot of people try to do it on their own, and that can actually make the anxiety or the distress worse – Shan Robertson
“We do unfortunately hear that a lot of students will say,
‘If I’d known about those services I would have used it,’”said Robertson.
She believes that in any situation, it is important for students to take care of themselves, and to find options to deal with stress in a way that they deem fitting.
“Use the resources, talk to a counsellor, or talk to an academic coach,” said Robertson.
“Have another perspective. Who’s it going to hurt?” she said.
“A sorrow shared is a sorrow had, and a pleasure shared is a pleasure doubled.”