Surviving College 101: Dealing With Stress


Elizabeth Cornett, Editor in Chief

Breakouts, appetite changes, insomnia, and ulcers, stress can cause all of these and more in everyone, including college students. College students are more susceptible to stress as they do not have people watching over their every move as they did in high school. Stephanie Brundieck, Northeast Community College counselor, recommends that students find a healthy way to deal with the stresses of college. Stephanie has great literature on cooping with stress and also recommends that students come talk to her if they are feeling to overwhelmed. She can help you relieve that stress with different breathing exercises and just listen to you when you need to talk.

Each person deals with stress differently and some people do not get stressed at all. Michael McCarthy, President of the Student Activity Counsel, says, “ I don’t really get stressed out, I take things as they come. If I ever do get stressed out I talk to someone like my dad or girlfriend.”

Kara Christiansen, a student at Northeast, on the other hand gets stress out a lot and when she does she feels overwhelmed and gets snippy around friends and family. She does not mean to but with all the stress she feels, it’s a release for her. She does not really have a way to coop with the stress other than try not to let it affect her daily life.

There are a lot of ways to deal with stress. The key is to find a way to deal with stress and stick to it. What works for you, might not work for another person. Try different breathing exercises or imagine different scenes in your head that help you stay calm. Austin Berg, a student at Northeast, uses working out and exercising as a way to relieve stress. Everyone has a certain way to deal with stress and if you do not, talk to someone like Stephanie Brundieck or a person that you trust.

Stress can come in many forms, whether it be a good stress like graduation or a wedding, or a bad stress like finals week, a big project due, or a death in the family. The way people deal with stress those situations depends on the person and a way that works for you might not work for another person.

Stephanie Brundieck can be reached by phone at 402-844-7277, in her office in the College Welcome Center, room 1234, or by email [email protected].