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College of St. Scholastica and University of Minnesota Duluth
College of St. Scholastica and University of Minnesota Duluth

College students are often looking for time to get homework done while finding time for other activities.

Because of this students are often stressed, Megan McMillin, of the Noah Campus Health Clinic, said.

“I think we all have more time than we think we have, it’s just a matter of keeping a good routine,” McMillin said.

On average, students have up to 46 hours of free-time per week according to a study by professors at the College of St. Scholastica and the University of Minnesota Duluth.

“I feel like I have a lot less free-time than 46 hours a week,” Abby Klug, an English-history major, said.

Klug is a cheerleader and an ambassador at Wartburg. She also works at the campus bookstore, is part of the Homecoming committee, and has to find time for her job in Cedar Falls.

Blake Shipman, a religion major, said 46 hours seems to be more than what he has available.

“With Ritterchor, Castle Singers among other things, I don’t see myself with that much free-time every week,” Shipman said.

McMillin said with 46 hours available per week, students still struggle to find time for academics and extra-curricular activities.

As a result, McMillin says students are often stressed in college and are incredibly busy in and outside of the classroom.

“That’s a real issue as far as time management, it can lead to stress, which can lead to physical symptoms and emotional issues,” McMillin said.

She said if you are chronically stressed it can lead to an actual diagnosis of depression and anxiety and can also lead to high blood pressure and heart problems.

Shipman said if he can map his days out he can avoid stress and get what is most important done first.

“Who hasn’t felt stressed before?” Shipman said. “It’s inevitable to be stressed when you’re in college.”

McMillin said the busier students are and the less sleep students get, the harder it is for them to cope with things emotionally.

Even with eight hours of sleep each night, students should have free time for other activities.

Klug said keeping to her schedule is important since she has a job both on-campus and off-campus. Klug tries to avoid the stress of a busy schedule daily.

“I often tell myself ‘I have to take a break,’ I also try to give myself time to hang out with friends to help avoid stress,” Klug said.

Klug said students coming into college need to find themselves and prioritize what is most important to them.

“I had a really big problem with procrastinating last year. I sometimes didn’t study for exams until the last moment, there were times I wouldn’t get to work on projects until it was almost too late so I am trying to get out of that routine,” Klug said.

McMillin said the best way for students to avoid falling behind and avoid stress is learning proper time management skills.
She said students that are stressed need to get help.

“It really benefits students to prioritize what’s important to them. We do not like to see them come in physically and emotionally exhausted,” McMillin said.

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