HawkReach gives students options for dealing with college stress
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HawkReach gives students options for dealing with college stress

Published 3/1/16

Christian Sizemore

TNE Writer      

Students in college are not strangers to the mental and emotional strain of a full load of classes. Nearing the halfway point of the spring semester, new and returning students are looking for solutions to lift the weight of anxiety that comes with college life.

Students must handle a substantial amount of in class and online assignments while attempting to maintain a social life.

“College can be stressful because you have to try and get all of your homework done, get enough sleep and you are trying to make new friends,” said Faith Henry, Sallisaw-Central freshman.

Some students will also have to work part or even full time to pay off the growing cost of higher education. It is no surprise stress is a concern for students at this time in their lives.

“Not only did I have to get a job to help pay for college, but I also have to pay for food, gas and my bills,” said Kenna Tackett, Gore senior.

Stress manifests itself in a variety of ways. Some students may experience both physical and emotional symptoms such as mood swings, loss of energy, trouble sleeping, over or undereating, loss of interest in things that used to bring enjoyment, irritability, pessimism and rage.

“A lot of stress is underlying,” said Robin Mackey, HawkReach counselor. “It usually turns into depression or anxiety.”

HawkReach is a place where students can go to talk about stress or any other problems they are experiencing.

HawkReach provides counseling that usually consists of up to 12 weekly sessions. Students who may require long-term counseling or medication management can also be assisted in finding appropriate off-campus services.

For more information about stress management, visit HawkReach in Leoser just north of the Housing office.

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