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The dean’s list of advice: 3 ways to make it through midterms | Division of Student Affairs

As we head into the fall, we may feel that things are getting tougher. Many of us are still adjusting to new routines and being on campus in person again. Some may feel anxious or nervous about the midterm elections, and others may feel that they have not yet found their place on campus. Many students may feel overwhelmed as the semester progresses, and all of these feelings are common. In times of stress and uncertainty, remember that you are part of the Puff family. It is important to take care of not only yourself, but also each other.

Be respectful and kind

First, be kind to yourself—especially if you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Make sure you take breaks in your day to go out or enjoy a favorite hobby. Do your best to get enough sleep (7-9 hours each night), eat regular, balanced meals, stay hydrated, and create time for physical activity.

You never know what another person is going through and how your actions may affect them. That is why we are committed to operating with integrity, honor and respect.

Whether it’s in the dorm or classroom, at Folsom Field on game days or walking around the hill, I encourage you to be respectful, kind, and considerate to others. Pay attention to your noise levels and behavior, and think about how this might affect someone trying to study or rest. And when many are feeling stressed right now, a small act of kindness may not seem like much but it can make a big difference to someone else.

I would also like to thank those who have been wearing face masks and continue to follow public health guidelines this semester. Wearing face masks can be a sign of respect towards others, showing that we are all doing our part in keeping each other safe and healthy.

Find your college classmates

When times feel stressful, some people may choose to engage in more risky behaviors. We can all do our part to look for members of the Buff family, both on and off campus.

  • If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of someone else, monitor the situation and don’t hesitate to seek help.
  • See more information on how you can be an effective bystander and find other members of our community.
  • Also see our Amnesty Policy to learn more about what to do if you need to seek help in an alcohol or drug emergency.
  • Try to take safety precautions when you can, such as using the buddy system and going home safely with CU NightRide.
  • Continue to follow good hygiene practices and wear your face mask indoors in public to help keep you and our community safe.

Take advantage of campus events and resources

Taking care of your emotional and physical health can help as we go through the semester. To learn about mental health, self-care, and more, I encourage you to register for the Health and Wellness Summit that will be held October 12-14. This summit will feature in-person sessions and virtual sessions, allowing you to participate in free fitness classes, educational presentations, exhibits and exhibitions.

Continue to participate and attend student events. Events are a great way to connect with fellow undergraduates and take breaks from studying. Whether you like to play video games, make crafts, sing karaoke, or volunteer, there is something for everyone.

If you’re struggling or worried about a friend suffering, there are support resources that can help you. And I’m here for you too. My next office hours are October 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at UMC 308. I hope you’ll stop by and say hello – I’d love to hear how the class is going.

GB Banks
Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

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