With midterms in full swing, and incidents occurring both locally and nationally, some students may be feeling more stressed than usual. We have shared support resources to help during this time, but today I hope to get back to the basics and talk a little bit about the academic stresses that may naturally arise this time of year. We’re about halfway through the semester—and fortunately, you have a well deserved break coming up in a few weeks. While we count down the days until spring break, here’s some advice to make the most of the season.
Take intentional breaks
There are many ways to help relieve stress, with some choices being more helpful than others. When things feel stressful, I encourage you to find positive ways to cope, relax and recharge.
Taking study breaks and time to practice self-care are habits that are always encouraged. This month, I also encourage you to be intentional with how you spend your breaks and free time. Be mindful of the activities you do and consider what helps you relax. Do certain activities help you decompress or do they end up causing you to feel more drained or distracted? Be intentional with how you spend your time to set yourself up for success.
March brings us the first official day of spring, more hours of daylight and warmer weather. Whether it’s a short walk around campus, visiting a park with friends, biking or studying at a picnic table, find ways to get outside and enjoy the sunny days this month.
As you spend more time outside, remember that you’re a Buff wherever you are. Whether you’re at a friend’s house, a public park or a hiking trail, be considerate and respectful to those around you and your surroundings. If you’re off campus in Boulder, be mindful of noise levels. Excessive noise at any time of the day can result in a nuisance ticket—a common citation that can be avoided.
Connect with others
A great way to relieve stress is to stay in touch with friends and family. Make time this month to catch up with your friends and connect with those in your community.
There are many student events happening in March that allow you to spend time with fellow Buffs and have fun:
- Participate in an 80s-themed murder mystery party or learn salsa dancing at upcoming Buffalo Nites.
- Visit The Connection for live music presented by Program Council.
- Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with free ice skating, silent disco and food at Buffs After Dark.
- Watch a free screening of M3GAN as part of the Friday Night Film Series.
- Join the next CU in the Community event and help make adventure accessible with the Lockwood Foundation.
- Take a free fitness class during the Rec Center’s Free Friday Power Hour—this month’s free classes include stability and conditioning, lower body building and power barre.
If you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month, please be safe and responsible. Buffs look out for each other and take care of each other.
- If you are concerned about your safety or someone else's, keep an eye on the situation and don’t hesitate to call for help.
- Review the Amnesty Policy to learn more about what to do if you need to call for help in an alcohol- or drug-related emergency.
- Review more information about how you can be an effective bystander and look out for other members of the community.
- Take safety precautions when you can, like using the buddy system and getting home safely by using CU NightRide.
- Remember that you’re a member of the larger Boulder community. Be considerate and respectful to your neighbors and those around you.
Buffs, I hope you have a great month and a relaxing spring break. Please take care of yourselves and each other.
Acting Dean of Students and Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs