As midterms quickly approach, a cloud of stress is slowly looming over college students everywhere. Delaware State University midterms will be taking place next week, September 30th – October 4th. Midterms are a crucial time to depict a student’s progress during the semester so far. That being said, now is also a crucial time to check on the mental well-being of our Hornets.
Stress is a huge factor that contribute to many mental illnesses. Depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and addiction are all common mental illnesses that are too often present in college students. 1 in 4 students have a diagnosable illness.
Statistically, people of color are less likely to seek help for these issues. As an HBCU, mental wellness checks are very much necessary considering this statistic. According to John (real name withheld), “I come from the inner city… I seen so much happen back home that now I have PTSD and Anxiety. DSU gets me away from the environment but not all the effects.”
The topic of Anxiety is not frequently discussed or explained amongst young adults. Anxiety has subcategories. These are: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD).
These anxiety types are triggered by the pressures of college life. Symptoms include feelings of stress, irritability, trouble concentrating, fearfulness, dizziness, shortness of breath, headaches, and upset stomach to name a few.
The causes, however, range from genetics, stress, and life experiences much like the Hornet spoken to previously. If any of this sounds familiar to you or a fellow friend/student, seeking help may be the difference between a successful and miserable semester.
As minority college students, these issues are to be dealt with sensitively. Delaware State University provides on-campus counseling services. Their office is located in the trailers (Cottage 504) next to the president’s house, on the south end of campus. Morgan Thornton, a peer counselor here at DSU says, “we’re committed to reaching the students on campus and ensuring they’re cared for mentally. These are the minds of the next generation of scholars.”
Extreme anxiety during this time about exams is commonly known as test anxiety. There are some tips and tricks to overcoming such a stressful week.
Calm breathing, organization, well prepared study habits, and positive self-talk are all things that keep test anxiety at bay. Knowing that you’re well prepared and confident in yourself will ultimately affect the results of the week ahead.
Grades are important, nevertheless, one’s well being is the key to success because health is wealth.