Published: April 26, 2018

The end is in sight, and summer is just around the corner! You might be starting to feel stressed out as finals approach, which is normal and common, but there’s still plenty of time to finish strong.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Akirah Bradley

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Akirah Bradley

You can find everything you need to know about finals at—tips for managing stress, study spots on campus, printing options and other resources. Additionally, review the schedule of finals-related events on campus for the next two weeks to help you take a break, fuel up with snacks and de-stress. You won’t want to miss out on Late Night Breakfast next week!

While some stress is good and can motivate us get things done, stress becomes harmful when we aren’t able to manage it. If you are stressed over your studies, stuck trying to understand a subject or struggling with a project, do not be afraid to ask for help. Visit the Writing Center, University Libraries or your professor’s office hours to ask questions and get assistance, or reach out to your classmates and get together to work through your studies. Tutoring support is also available to first-year students through the Academic Success and Achievement Program.

If the stress becomes too much to manage and you need help outside of your studies, please reach out to the many support and advocacy resources available to you.

After finals are over and you’ve had a chance to relax and recharge, take some time and reflect on your past year. How did you do in your classes? What were your favorite memories of your year? Is there anything you wish you had done differently or wish you had a chance to do?

As you answer these questions, think about how your answers can apply to your next year at CU Boulder. Whether you are transitioning from your first year to second year or further into your academic journey, what can you plan to do over the summer to accomplish your goals? I encourage you to look for opportunities to learn, grow and gain new experiences by getting involved in student organizations, seeking out leadership opportunities on campus and applying for internships.

For those graduating this year, this can be an exciting and uncertain time. Please know it is normal if you feel uncertain in your transition from student life to what comes next after graduation. I encourage you to use the summer to work through the adjustment process—develop new routines, take time to yourself and reach out to your support system.

Your community at CU Boulder supports you, and we are all rooting for you. Good luck—you got this!

Akirah Bradley
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs