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Du-Support Mentoring Program

Honors Project Class of 2020


1. Common Sources of Stress

  1. Student reported sources:
    1. Feeling isolated and alone (Johnson, Jean)
      1. Addressed by having social support systems
    2. Economic burden
      1. Cost being in conflict with not finding value in classes
      2. Not understanding the true cost of college or the loans being taken out
        1. Addressed by providing transparency around the concerns and providing assistance in finding and applying for scholarships.

2. Effects of Stress              

  1. High amounts of stress force brains to operate less efficiently since they are essentially multitasking constantly. Students who experience high amounts of stress tend to struggle academically and socially as a
  2. High amounts of stress is a major cause of students leaving a campus or not finishing college at all (Johnson, Jean

3.Stress Management Tools

  1. Remaining aware of sources of stress
    1. Common ways this can be addressed is by talking or writing out problems
      1. The issues are then laid out and then put in a more manageable and tangible perspective
    2. Scheduling is another method that keeps people aware of their sources of stress
      1. Various types of scheduling will be discussed in further detail in the time management section
  2. Spending times with positive people
    1. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways but one of the more historically successful is peer to peer mentoring programs
  3. Healthy Coping Skills
    1. Diet, exercise and sufficient sleep
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