Stressed out
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by Matt Garcia

With two weeks left in the spring semester, Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) students are finding ways to deal with the amount of work they are being given.

Freshman Elmer Moran said this is the first time he’s had so much work to get done.

“It’s so much to do in such a little amount of time; I’ve never had this much work to do at once,” said Moran. “I’m definitely feeling stressed out, but I think it’ll be worth the work at the end of the year. You just have to get through it.”

Based on their majors and class years, the amount and type of work students have at this point in the year varies. A communications major may have to work on presentations, while an English major may have to write papers.

Austin Peluso, a sophomore English major, shared the amount of work that he has been given.

“I have two 10 page papers to do within the next nine days, along with three finals,” said Peluso. “Stressed out is an understatement at this point.”

Ryan Frank, a freshman communications major, also has a heavy workload.

“I have to make a few presentations and I have two finals during finals week,” said Frank. “It doesn’t sound hard, but there isn’t much time to get prepared for all that when the end of the school year is coming so quickly.”

Frank also said his stress level is affecting his interactions with the people around him.

“I feel kind of irritable all the time,” said Frank. “Even if I’m not doing it on purpose, I think I take it out on the people around me. That just started recently, and I would have to say it’s because of all the work I have to get done.”

MSMC students are using different outlets to deal with the amount of stress they’re feeling.

Moran shared how he gets his mind off of work and studying.

“My thing has always been to go outside and play soccer,” said Moran. “It just helps me get my mind off of everything for a little while and relieve some of my stress.”

Peluso said he listens to music to ease his stress.

“I just put on my favorite playlist, put on my headphones, and turn the volume all the way up,” said Peluso. “It helps ease my mind, and helps me not to think about everything I have to get done, if only for a little while.”

With the end of the semester approaching, some students are looking forward to summer vacation.

Peluso said he plans to go on vacation right after the school year ends.

“It will be nice to get away,” said Peluso. “That’s the only thing getting me through the rest of this semester – knowing that after all the hard work is done I’ll be able to kick back and relax.”