5 Tips for Surviving the Financial and Emotional Stress of College
Whether you’re pursuing your degree full-time at a brick and mortar campus or earning an online MBA while balancing a full-time job, the fact remains: College can be an incredibly stressful time in our lives. The time commitment alone can be overwhelming at times, while the financial burden creates a different kind of stress, and there is emotional stress as well.
Trying to balance that stress with the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to achieve your goals can be difficult at times. Here are five tips you can use to help survive the emotional and financial stress of college.
1. Explore your financial aid options.
Many colleges and universities offer some sort of financial aid program and it never hurts to see if you may qualify. If you served in the United States military after September 10, 2001, then you also have GI Bill funding that you can either use or transfer to your kids or spouse if you served for six years or more, according to MBACentral.org.
If you do not have military experience, you still have financial aid options to explore. MBA Central provides many resources for those looking to enroll in an online MBA program. Prospective students can explore their rankings and can also look at sites like US News to learn about the college they are looking at for their masters in business administration degree.
2. Use CBD oil to help with relaxing when you are stressed.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed in college, you may want to consider taking CBD oil. What is CBD? It is an oil made from cannabidiol or hemp oil. In clinical trials, it has been shown to help alleviate stress and anxiety and calm people down, which may help you sleep or focus on one task at a time. It is not medical marijuana, as CBD is not the same as THC. These claims are not yet approved by the FDA, so it is important to get professional medical advice or your doctor’s advice before trying any CBD product.
3. Create a schedule and stick to it.
Often, college students become stressed because they have procrastinated on assignments and let the work pile up in front of them. Instead of doing this, work to create a schedule and then stick to that routine. This way, you know you will have plenty of time to write that 15-page paper instead of rushing through it the night before and getting a worse grade than if you had taken the time to research. This is especially important for online students, as they do not have their professor right there reminding them every day to complete assignments on time.
4. Make sure to eat right and get a good amount of sleep.
If you are very busy, as most college students are, then it may be easier to just make a quick run through the nearest drive-thru line than sit down and cook a nutritious meal. But if you are not eating right, that can hinder your physical well-being. Choose the right food products for you and make a meal plan on the weekends when you have some time to sit down and do it. Additionally, you need to make sure you are getting enough sleep. If you are tired, it will be harder to absorb the course material you need.
5. Establish a good relationship with your professors and fellow students.
When you are feeling stressed or need extra help with course material, it would be beneficial to have a good relationship with your professor as well as your fellow students. They can be resources for you and you could also set up study groups with fellow students. This way, you know there are people holding you accountable for your work. Your professor will have office hours, even if you are an online student, and they can provide you with extra assistance when needed or in some cases, review a large project for you before it is due and give valuable feedback.