Posted by: Chelsey Teachout
Second semester at Drake University is already well under way. Students’ schedules are once again full with classes, jobs, meetings, organizations, friends, and a steady supply of stress. The Times-Delphic is already planning for Drake Relays. I would say that the average Drake student is involved in at least a few things beyond the classroom. Drake’s campus calendar has 11 activities going on this Friday for starters.
For journalism students, staying busy is a great way to keep in the information loop. Our story ideas come from people and events in action. We would have little news if we existed only as students. Problems can develop when students become too involved, though. I interviewed a student last year who was in over 20 organizations. How can someone sustain that? This opened my eyes to a Drake trend.
As a university, Drake recruits high-functioning students. This is evident through not only Drake’s accreditation but also its high achievement in and out of the classroom. The National Study on Student Engagement showcased Drake as an exemplary school in October 2005. Many of us live an active social and educational lifestyle. While we may have great advances building communities, learning new things, and preparing for a future, how are we holding up physically and mentally?
If you take a quick peek at Drake’s Health Center website, it has a whole section dedicated to stress. One link connects to the American Institute of Stress. The Institute points out that almost 75-90 percent of visits to primary health physicians are due to some type of stress. My question is, as students preparing to go into the work of world, how are we going to combat a problem that can ruin quality of life?
How do you feel about stress management in your life? As a student would you like to say “no” to more activities? Or can there be a thing such as too plugged in? What are ways you deal with stress?