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Graduation stress is setting in

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Senior Kelsey Hummel says she's terrified because she is leaving a city where she has friends, and becoming a stranger in a new city. Senior Kelsey Hummel says she's terrified because she is leaving a city where she has friends, and becoming a stranger in a new city.
Senior Rosemary Marino says she has not been getting any sleep especialy because she does not have a job offer yet. Senior Rosemary Marino says she has not been getting any sleep especialy because she does not have a job offer yet.

By: Bryan Solomon

Spring graduation is less than three weeks away, and that's bringing stress and anxiety to seniors at the University of South Carolina.

USC Counselor Christina Jones says theses feelings are completely normal.

"I would relate that to losing a close family member or friend," Jones said.  "You are supposed to go through a period of grief you are supposed to feel sad."

Students say graduation is difficult because they have to leave the place they have become so comfortable in. 

"This is the first place that really felt like home for me, so I think walking away from that is going to be really hard," said senior Rosemary Marino.

Senior Kelsey Hummel feels a mix of emotions.

"A mix of I don't know if I want to cry because I am excited or like cry because I'm sad to leave," Hummel said.

But Jones says that experiencing these feelings do not point to a deeper problem.

"The presence of the stress, the presence of the anxiety are not indicative of a problem," Jones said.  I would say its more about the level of impact that its creating in your life."

Jones says that getting enough sleep, eating regularly, maintaining a normal schedule, and talking about their emotions will help students deal with this stressful time. 

But these seniors parting wisdom to the younger students is to appreciate every moment in college.

"Slow everything down, four years goes by way way faster than you think it will.  Fastest four years I ever experienced," Hummel said.

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