USC graduating senior Hazel Bridges has dealt the stress that comes with leaving college and preparing to enter the real world.
Psychology doctoral candidate Marissa Miller offered tips for students who are feeling overwhelmed about graduating need to find ways to destress.
By: Jazmine Greene
College quickly is approaching seniors and are trying to prepare themselves for the real world. But the realization that college will soon be over is causing more anxiety than excitement for some students.
“It's really scary to not know where I'll be this time next year… I don't even know where I'll be in the fall,” said senior Hazel Bridges.
Stress and anxiety are normal feelings that come along with uncertain situations such a graduating from college because of the fear of the unknown.
“It's something that I think everybody feels. It's a queasiness that you kind of get in your stomach. You're trying to remember everything. I went to the registrars office today & I was just like did I turn in a graduation application & they were like yeah we have more for you and I was just like okay just making sure,” said senior Hazel Bridges.
Third year Psychology doctoral candidate Marissa Miller says depression, stress , and anxiety are common for graduates but they should try to look for ways to manage and calm those feelings.
“You've shown up to college for some reason. That's to help you achieve some type of life goal so you've already done something working towards your goal by going to college at all so you already have that type of experience going forward so that can be somewhat calming,” said Miller.
Graduation for seniors at the University of South Carolina is just 6 weeks away and most students will begin to feel overwhelmed by all the things they have to accomplish such as ordering caps and gowns, sending invitations or planning their careers.
But there are certain techniques that experts recommend for you to loosen up and approach graduation with a positive attitude.
“Just to spend some quiet time. We tend to have a culture that's very fast paced and ok I've done this and now I'm going to jump into this next thing and sometimes you just have to take a break, take some deep breaths and focus on what is important to me… What am I working towards… What am I going through this whole grind for?" said Miller.
If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, USC student health services offers free counseling sessions for students.