7 Ways LAU Students are Dealing with Stress During Midterms
Leila Bou Chaaya
In university, one is bound to go through stressful times when aiming for a higher education. For university students, exam periods like midterms and finals have a hefty impact when it comes to dealing with stress as well as difficulty trying to manage their schedules whilst still trying to manage having a life outside of university. Obviously, at this point in the semester, it is very possible that exams could potentially affect the students mental health and detach them from hobbies, activities, and social interactions.
Several sources shared how they cope with this dilemma during their exams and how they distract themselves from falling into a deep pit of misery and pressure. Some of these coping mechanisms include listening to music, meditation, studying in groups, exercising, socializing, eating, and even having small dance breaks to relieve some tension.
According to an International Business Major studying at LAU, Mia Abdallah expressed her love for social interactions and socialising with others when asked about how she deals with the stresses of the exam period. Elaborating, she said, ”I like to keep my social life intact by seeing some friends when I can, which gives me the positive energy I need to proceed”. This shows that over the years, university students have found several ways that relief the stresses that come with the hassle of studying for many courses.
Another source, Rhea Abdallah, studying Finance at LAU, narrated how a typical day is for her during the exam period. She said “my day is mostly filled with studying but I incorporate making healthy meals into my routine, just for the sense of being put together and exerting my energy on something other than studying and embracing my passion for creating in the kitchen, this technique helps me remember that I have my life together, even if I’m chin deep in papers”.