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The dean’s list of advice: We’re almost there | Division of Student Affairs

Buffs, the finish line is in sight and we’re almost done! As the finals begin this weekend, I’d like to encourage you to remember the goal. I know it can be hard to stay motivated now, but you’re almost done and I have some tips to help you get through the finals.

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When the class is over, visit colorado.edu/finals for stress management resources, tips, and more.

If you’re struggling with something—maybe you’re stuck with a concept discussed in class or having trouble with a project—it’s never too late to seek help. Use your resources and reach out to faculty, teaching assistants, and colleagues with questions. Additionally, you may have something of value to contribute with someone who could use encouragement.

Students, please avoid long study sessions and stay up all night if you can, and take short breaks while studying. Try to focus on one topic for 20-25 minutes and then take a five-minute break. Use a short break to stretch, take a quick walk outside or have a snack, then repeat the cycle. Find a balance between your studies and time for the things you enjoy.

Stay connected with your community

During stressful times, it pays to stay in touch with your friends, family, and community. This may seem like a busy time of year, but keep hanging out with your group and checking in with each other. If you’ve developed a cyst or bubble with close friends or roommates in the past year, make time to eat and study together. Reach out for support and collaborate with a friend or roommate to help keep each other motivated by studying through the end of the semester.

The Student Affairs Department is hosting several events over the next two weeks for students to take a break and de-stress before the finals. I encourage you to attend some events and connect with your colleagues before the end of the year.

Focus on mental health

This has been a difficult year for many of us. During the finals and during the summer holidays, I encourage you to take care of yourself and your mental health.

Personally, the only thing that helps me recharge and take care of myself is finding new ways to get out of my comfort zone. I’m always looking to grow and learn new things, so finding different activities to do that I’m not familiar with helps me in this way. For example, I urge myself to try different foods and explore new ideas for recipes.

I encourage you to take time to relax, recharge, and do the things you enjoy. Get out there and be grateful for the warm spring weather. Take tech breaks and try some screen-free activities like reading, going to an escape room, or playing board games with your roommates. If you’re looking for new ways to practice self-care, check out this list of ideas to try.

We have all been tested by this year’s pandemic and have worked hard to overcome a great deal of challenges. With everything going on, continue to be considerate of yourself and kind to those around you. As we approach the end of the semester and celebrate the accomplishments of the Buff family, I encourage you to continue to act with integrity, honor and compassion wherever you are.

To the top undergraduates graduating this semester, I would like to extend my early congratulations. She has shown resilience and fortitude through difficult times. I am proud of you and wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Moreover, pursue your dreams and the job you have prepared for it over the years. Work towards fulfilling your true passion in life and find what works for you in your job search.

Amateurs, I’m here for you and rooting for you. I’ve got this! We’ve got this!

GB Banks

Acting Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs


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