Finishing strong

Student Affairs staff members offer tips for students to make the end of the semester easier and less stressful.

two girls study in the student success center

Dec. 8, 2022
Contact: Deidra Ashley,
Photo by Sam O'Keefe

You're almost there, Tigers! Here are some tips and pieces of advice from University of Missouri Student Affairs directors on how to finish the semester strong.

Associate Dean of Students Angela King Taylor

The end of the semester can be extremely stressful. For many, final exams are the culmination of a semester of hard work and growth. With that said, it is imperative to remember that this moment in time does not define you. Do your best!

Consider joining the Campus Activities Programming Board for a Brunch Break from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in the MU Student Center. This break might provide you with an opportunity to unwind as you close out the semester.

Disability Center Director Ashley Brickley

Turn off your social media notifications until you’re through with your finals. You’ll be less distracted and anxious if you’re not being bombarded with alerts. Stay away from the news, too. You already have enough stress in your life! 

Student Health and Well-Being Executive Director Jamie Shutter

Take deep breaths and prioritize your sleep. Exercise – even walking – can help clear your head and enable you to manage stress. Also, try TAO, a free online tool to help you manage stress, test anxiety, procrastination and more. Remember, a long break is right around the corner – you can do it!

MizzouRec Director Stephen Byrd

Keep moving! Physical activity is the best remedy for end-of-semester stress. Luckily, MizzouRec has many different ways to get your body moving. Sign up for a TigerX group fitness class, have a quick dip in one of our pools, shoot a few baskets, or just take a brisk walk around our indoor track.

Residential Life Director Tyler Page

Remember you are not alone. There are hundreds of students and professional staff in Residential Life prepared and ready to assist; you just have to ask for help. If you need help preparing for an exam, ask your resident advisor or residence hall coordinator for help. And remember the tutors at the Writing Center can help if you’re struggling with a paper.

Story written by Jesse Berlin

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