Alas, the fall semester is coming to close. As we attempt to salvage our GPAs with the promise of winter break, these last few weeks can test our sanity. With friends and classmates all burrowed into their textbooks, Quizlets, and study guides, preparing for finals can promote some students to forget about what really matters… their health. While finishing strong is an important goal, it must be considered second to ensuring that we leave campus feeling healthy. To help you assess your current level of stress, we went ahead and created the following JMU stress scale.

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For some of you, the last few weeks of the semester are no different than any other week. On the other end of the spectrum, there are some students who are currently in a state of toxic stress. Every individual has their own method for dealing with deadlines and the pressure to succeed. That being said, there are resources available on campus that can help you cope for when things get crazy. The Counseling Center offers spaces that can help you de-stress. Also, remember that exercising is a great tool for combating stress, so work-in a trip to UREC whenever possible.

Regardless of your current situation, it is important to realize that no one grade will define your career. While experiencing failure can impact certain opportunities, it is also a key component of eventually succeeding. Ultimately, it is the way in which we learn to cope with stress that defines who we are, and who we will become.

We hope that you all stay healthy and stress-free as we finish out another great semester here at JMU!

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