Hi everyone! I’m sure you’re starting to wonder where I have been. A few weeks ago I had multiple encounters with students who were stressed beyond breaking! Smart, talented students who were ready to drop classes, withdraw from the semester, or watch their grades plummet as they threw up their hands. “I’ve had enough! I give up.” We talked out some of their issues, and were able to make some meaningful progress toward digging out and feeling a sense of peace and control again.
Then I got mad. I mean M-A-D. Why does it have to be this way!?
Why are countless students investing their life savings to come to a school only to end up defending themselves from the onslaught instead of doing what they came to do: learn. What happened to deep thinking, enlightened debates, wondering, exploring, finding passion?
We’ve traded the excellent for a lame imitation. When students chase a “piece of paper” more than learning, we know we’ve got it wrong. I’m tired of it!
It’s time to change, people.
So where have I been? Working.
I’ve been reading. I’ve been studying survey results. I’ve been talking with as many students at as many schools as I could pin down long enough to ask one question:
Why are you so stressed!?
Through it all, I identified four causes of stress and 4 tactics to overcome stress that students can apply TODAY. These are real life actions you can use to wrap up this semester. Trust me when I say these are not the typical tips you’ll find on some half-hearted website that’s really just trying to make money off of add revenue.
I’ve been writing.
We’re in the final stages of editing, and learning how to share a PDF via this website. Then I want to give you my book for free.
Busy doesn’t have to mean stressed. Broke doesn’t have to mean worried about money. College can be amazing, but you have to make it so.
Keep an eye out, the book will be available in the next several days. In the meanwhile, leave a comment below. What are you stressed about? How do you manage?