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how do you deal with college? seriously?

I'm in college right now, and I do well (I have a GPA above 3.7) However, handling these classes are hard. Not the classes itself, but taking 5 classes at the same time.

I can manage, in my mind, four courses at a time, Yet I always seem to never really mind the last one. This is not a grade issue but a stress issue. Especially with doing projects 2-3 days before the deadline + passing, but feeling like you lost 70 hours of sleep. How do you stay on top of 5 classes without feeling stressed?

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A. Michelle’s Answer

Some stress is normal and can actually help fuel productivity. Too much, however, can jeopardize productivity and overall well-being. Take a look at your class schedule and deliverables and see if there are areas or times where you can cut back and use that found time on more pressing areas. Also, don’t ignore self-care. Get as much sleep as you can, eat healthily and move. Also build breaks - even as little as 15 minutes - into your schedule throughout the day.
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Heather’s Answer

I totally get that stress can be overwhelming, and overcoming burnout can seem like a mountain to climb. If you think it's going to be better for your mental well-being, it might be a good idea to stick to just 4 classes at a time. But remember, managing stress isn't just about work, it's about balance too. Make sure you're doing things you love alongside your studies, like hanging out with friends and blending your work with self-care activities. It's not just about surviving school, it's about thriving too!
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Elizabeth’s Answer

If you find that 5 classes is too much, then cut back to 4, even if it means it takes an extra semester to graduate. Your sanity and mental health are more important.
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Amit’s Answer

The stress will always be there so find ways to not give it so much power.

Meditation, exercise , refueling yourself is what gives you power and tolerance.
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Madisyn’s Answer

Hey Larry,

Just like you, I juggled a lot during my college days, from attending classes to working and engaging in extracurricular activities. From my experience, the most effective way to manage stress is by being proactive and planning your semester well in advance. At the beginning of each semester, I made it a habit to jot down every deadline for assignments, exams, quizzes, and projects. I then organized my study schedule and days that I'd do assignments accordingly. This helped me distribute my workload evenly and avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed by a mountain of tasks. So, my advice to you is to strategize your coursework well in advance. This way, you can avoid late-night cramming and stress over clashing deadlines.

Wishing you all the best!
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Larry! Great question, thanks. Keep in mind that not only do you have a lot on from a school perspective, you also live in an extremely stressful time. So step 1 is be good to yourself. The higher level that you reach in school, the harder your classes will be. Don't be too hard on yourself. Keep in mind that all of this hard work is preparing you for your success in the world. It sounds like you are well on your way to being successful.
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