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Good morning, hope all is well with everyone!

Coming to Fontbonne was the best decision I have made towards changing my life. For the past 10 years I have struggled with personal issues, financial issues and dedication when it comes to my education. My credit isn’t worthy and neither is my mother’s so I ALWAYS had to scrape for more, work 2 jobs, etc. Finances are the biggest hurdle of them all. Why America makes getting a higher degree such a complex goal is beyond my me.

I sincerely appreciate Fontbonne for its guidance and patience. The scholarships I have received this school year helped me tremendously!!!!!!! I graduate this winter and I am excited for my adventurous life ahead of me!

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I think my biggest challenge in college is really my time management of how I can balance my study, work, and my leisure time nicely. Having an opportunity to study abroad, I always feel that I have to study very hard in order to best utilize my time studying in the United States. Thus, I often give myself so much pressure on studying. Sometimes, I felt so overwhelmed that I couldn’t handle my stress and felt suffocated. One of the best ways for me to relieve my stress is chatting with my friends since I can distract a bit from my heavy workload and just being express my emotion helps me a lot (refresh my mind). Also, now I find a good idea to just go run at forest park to relieve my stress.

I know studying is sometimes very boring and stressful, but I always keep reminding myself that after getting through this time, I will have a better future and pursue the dream job that I like. That’s my Motivation to Move On!!!!Cheers to you all!!!!

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My biggest challenge in college has been stress management and making time for myself.  I think it’s extremely important to take care of one’s self and have “me time”, time to spend with friends and time to do the hobbies that you most enjoy.  Balance is key.  Does that ideal always happen for me?  Well, not quite.

Despite my best intentions, I often neglect my well-being for the sake of getting more stuff done.  I want to feel “more-productive”, and when I take out time doing nothing, or watching a few episodes of my favorite show on Netflix I often feel “lazy” or “selfish” for taking time to do something mindless.

Earlier today I was talking with a friend who reminded me how important taking time for myself can be.  She told me how she has changed the way she approaches stress in the academic setting.  She has been forgiving of herself when she doesn’t get “the perfect grade” and stays mindful when she feels something isn’t worth stressing over.  According to her, it has made all the difference in her overall stress level.  This served as a reminder to me that in order to be the “more-productive” student that I want to be, I must first take care of myself.  It isn’t selfish or lazy to do something mindless.  It isn’t the end of the world if you take a day off from school work to have fun with your friends or family.  Getting assignments done is important, but you are the most important thing in your life.  If you take care of yourself, productiveness will follow.

A little self-love and forgiveness goes a long way.

If you’re interesting in more detailed Stress-Reduction Tips, click the link below for an article by the Greatist.

http://greatist.com/happiness/23-scientifically-backed-ways-reduce-stress-right-now

-Katie H.

 

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3 Quick Ways To Feel Less Stressed

Well Fontbonne, we are now about a month into the spring semester. Are you feeling the stress yet? Because I sure am! Assignments, readings, and projects are starting to pile up, on top of working two jobs and managing my social life (or at least pretending like I have one!)

But during these times, I remember my favorite quote, “Diamonds are made under pressure.” Who said it? Well… I don’t really know. But it is a powerful saying either way! By learning how to handle life’s stressors, we will truly be able to shine above the rest!

Here are some quick ways to help you defrazzle during a hectic week!

1. Take Deep Breaths

Next time you find yourself rushing to finish that paper, do a self-check. Are you breathing normally or taking short, sporadic breaths? I find when I am really having a stressful day, my breaths are very short and shallow. Sounds silly that we might have to remind ourselves to breathe, but by taking a few deep breaths we allow more oxygen into your body. This, in turn, slows down your heart beat and helps lower your blood pressure, helping us feel more relaxed. Simply inhale counting to 3 and then exhale counting to 3. Do this about 3 times to help you destress.

2. Laugh 

There are so many benefits to laughing, which is why I believe we should laugh every single day! One of those benefits is, in fact, that it helps us relax. Laughing helps lower the stress hormones in our bodies and helps loosen the tension in our muscles when stressed. So go search YouTube for some of those funny, cute cat videos! They always give me a good chuckle!

3. Exercise

We all know exercise is essential for overall health, but it can vastly improve your mood and stress levels as well! When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that help lift your spirits and reduce anxiety (also known as “Runner’s High.”) Even a simple 10-minute walk or a quick Sun Salutation can help reduce your stress!

What are some ways that help you relieve stress?!

Also, be sure to check out my personal blog, The Wholey Trinity, for more health and wellness tips!

-XOXO Hannah

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Finals, Finals, and More Finals!

by Taylor December 2, 2014

Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s the time of year we dread because of finals, but we also look forward to since it means winter break is coming up. Finals week and the week before finals are always stressful for college students. The pressure of doing well on finals is always a heavy […]

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RELEASE THE CRAZY!

by Alumni Posts October 10, 2012

Hello Everyone, It is around midterm time! I have taken one and have another one waiting for me this week. These major tests always result in super stress and a very forgetful mind. I think I might have lost something at least 5 times! It could be a pen, my phone, a homework assignment, car […]

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End of Year Stress

by Deanna April 24, 2012

As we only have about two and half weeks left of this year (can’t wait to be able to say I completed my freshman year of college!), everything is beginning to pile up. Teachers are at the point where they are realizing they don’t have as much time left to teach us everything they need/want […]

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Pile Up

by Alumni Posts April 19, 2012

The end of the semester is nearing. I am pretty sure my teachers have collaborated against me. It is the end of the year crunch. Projects, tests, papers, homework! When will it end! My advice for you is that no matter how many things pile up, you still need to take time for yourself. It […]

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Destress

by Alumni Posts November 14, 2011

1. At any given point in time, most Fontbonne college students are stressed about something; it’s just part of going to school. While having stress in your life is normal and often unavoidable, being stressed is something you can control. Most importantly try not to be stressed about being stressed. Admit you are stressed, and […]

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

by Alumni Posts November 7, 2011

The end of the semester can be very stressful. I see it all the time when we are stressed and deprived of sleep, the sassiness inside us likes to creep out into our personalities. There is one simple strategy to abide by: don’t sweat the small stuff. 1. Become a better listener. “It’s being content […]

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