3 Sources of Grade 12 Stress and How to Resolve Them
Minimize your stress about beginning university with these tips!
By Mya Trimm, Cape Breton University
The transition from high school to university feels like a really big deal. Let’s be real — it is a big deal! But it’s not meant to be a source of unhealthy stress and anxiety in your life. Unfortunately, I’m not great at listening to my own advice, so I want to share with you some of my biggest worries as a grade 12 student transitioning to university, and how I relieve some of that worry.
1. Having it all planned out
The biggest thing I stress a LOT about is trying to have my whole life planned out. I feel pressured to have it all together, which includes knowing exactly what I’m going to do at any given time. Sure, starting university is a big change, but you don’t have to start out knowing everything you’re going to do. We’re teenagers! We’re not supposed to be professionals (yet), and we aren’t expected to have a plan before we start university. I like to remind myself that I don’t have to have it all figured out, and nothing is set in stone. It’s ok to go with the flow.
The other thing to remember is CBU has great resources to help you build a manageable plan. The First Year Advising Centre (FYAC) is available to help us. Before you begin your studies, it’s mandatory that you book an appointment with an advisor at the FYAC. This is a big help because you know that someone experienced is available to support you.
2. Knowing it all
Another stressful factor that comes along with transitioning to university is learning how university works. It can be an overload of information, and it seems scary. How many courses am I supposed to have? Why are some courses 3 credits and others 6 credits? What even are credits?
I have to remind myself not to panic, and there is a simple solution to this — ask questions! CBU is home to tons of amazing people who are there to answer your questions and assist you on your journey to university. Don’t be afraid to ask for answers or explanations. I simply send a quick email to one of CBU’s many fantastic recruiters, and they are always so nice and helpful when answering my questions. What more could you ask for?
3. Being prepared
Something else I stress about is trying to be prepared for everything university-related. I’m always worried about missing something important, and then it all goes downhill for there. The solution? Pay attention.
That’s it. That is the advice. Pay attention to CBU.ca, your email, and sometimes even your mailbox. Most of all, follow CBU on social media if you don’t already. It’s the easiest way to get news right in your feed.
Do you want information catered specifically to you? Follow your brand ambassadors! Paying attention to CBU’s many resources will keep you informed of things like important dates, announcements and reminders.
Now that you have my advice on relieving some of that grade 12 stress and worry, it’s time to relax. Graduating high school is supposed to be fun, so give yourself a break. Take a walk, watch your favourite show, bake some cupcakes, do whatever makes you happy, and remember that you don’t have to be perfect.
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