Campus Life

5 Ways To Manage Back-To-School Stress

by Neetika Chohan

Going back to school can conjure up a host of emotions, and not just the excited feelings of reuniting with old friends or taking new classes. Sometimes returning to school can cause more unnerving feelings. Some people welcome the new semester with ease, while others would rather stay in bed, dreading the very idea of stepping anywhere near a campus. Although there are a number of reasons why students become anxious with the start of school, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 causes of back-to-school stress and some solutions to combat them! Remember, if school becomes too much to handle, IGNITE is offering the Student LifeLine service, which enables students to reclaim their lives.

1. Schoolwork Blues

The school year is filled with homework, tests, quizzes, exams, group projects, readings, assignments and more. Is it any wonder why students are so stressed?

Although this is unavoidable, there are a number of ways to effectively manage your course load to avoid procrastination and all-nighters. Try to complete assignments ahead of time, so you’re not rushing to finish them the night before. This will not only help reduce your anxiety, but will likely lead to better grades.

For students who experience difficulty in particular subjects, it can be extremely intimidating taking certain classes. How do you resolve this? One solution is investing in a tutor or try finding a classmate who is well versed in the subject matter and ask for help. Humber also offers free academic tutoring services. You can also consider approaching your professors and informing them of your concerns. They may provide individual help, or direct you to the right resources to aid in your success!

A photo by Lacie Slezak. Girl frustrated with homework.

2. Socializing

One of the most challenging aspects of university and college life can be socializing. Whether that means engaging with your peers in class or mingling with new people at a party, learning to open up to new people can be scary, especially for introverts. So how do you combat this?

One way to meet some new people is to get involved at school is by joining a club, attending events, or talking to classmates.

Troy from community, trying to be friends with a fellow student.

3. Leaving Home

Sometimes attending school means leaving home, and this can be especially difficult when you’ve never been away from your family before. Although it may seem unbearable, it’s important to remember that leaving home can be a great experience, enabling you to develop the skills to live on your own. You should also remember that there are hundreds of other students in the same situation, so don’t worry! Reach out to your peers and make your own college/university family! Also check out our roommate survival guide for some tips to get along with your roommates!

New Girl tv show character crying on her couch

4. Money!

Strapped for cash? Paying for tuition, rent, groceries? Have too much debt? It can be tough juggling school and a job, especially if you have no other means of financial relief. Hence, money can cause significant amounts of stress. As students, there are many financial aid resources at your disposal, including OSAP and scholarships. IGNITE also offers financial help in the form of bursaries and a financial relief program.

Serena from Sailor Moon breaking her piggy bank.

5. Appearances

What matters is what’s on the inside but it’s okay to get stressed about the way you look!  The best way to combat this?  Remember stay true to yourself and that its okay to be unique. This is a great time to find your own sense of style, enjoy it!

Ariana Grande taking a selfie in Focus music video

If you’re finding that you’re overwhelmed with worrisome thoughts about any of these issues or others, it is extremely important to talk to someone, this can be your parents, friends, counsellors, or professors. Another great resource is IGNITE’s  Student LifeLine, confidential and free service to all students.

Remember, you have the power to create a stress-free year and we are here to help in any way we can!