The Last Five Weeks:
Classes are coming to an end. Major papers, research, presentations, and reports are due. Finals will soon follow. Stress, little sleep, not eating properly, and drama over minor things becomes major. Everyone’s patience is stretched, understanding is limited, and common sense goes out the window.
The last five weeks of the semester are often filled with panic, negative thoughts, time issues, and self doubt. Believe it or not, this is normal for almost all students. The pressure of the end of the semester often makes it difficult to focus on the task at hand. The last five weeks may seem overwhelming. If this occurs with your student, provide positive support. Ask how you can help them; ask if they have seen their instructor; ask if they have planned time to work on papers or other class related projects, and also time to de-stress and relax.
Not all students have perfect semesters; some will have lower grades than expected. Think of a plan and/or options to address the possibility if it occurs. Being proactive in meeting a possible negative allows one to see a variety of choices.
As always, if you need assistance or information, please call. I will be happy to help or direct you to other campus resources.
Vice President Student Development
Dean of Students
717-262-2006 Ext. 3273