Balancing studies with extracurricular activities, relationships and other responsibilities can become overwhelming the further we move into a new academic year. Most students experience some levels of stress during midterms, and during times of stress, making choices that lead to a good balance in our lives can make a big difference.
There are many different coping methods to help relieve and manage stress, and some are more effective than others. You may not notice that you are stressed, but find yourself indulging in too much junk food, binging on a new Netflix show at the cost of a good night’s sleep, or using alcohol and other drugs. When we try to curtail these habits, we sometimes find ourselves unsuccessful because we aren’t dealing with the core issue: stress.
Taking care of your emotional and physical well-being helps immensely as we head toward the end of the semester. Being mindful about our actions throughout the day, and, in particular, how we choose to spend our free time can set us up for success for the rest of the semester.
This next week offers some opportunities to take a break and attend free events and celebrations around Homecoming and Halloween. If you choose to celebrate at non-university sponsored events, I encourage you to do so responsibly. If you plan to celebrate by dressing up in a costume, consider the impact your decision might have on others. Be respectful and avoid carrying fake weapons, as they can appear real to law enforcement and others.
And as you go out into your communities, please look out for your fellow Buffs:
- 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 more information about how you can be an effective bystander and look out for other members of the community.
- You can also 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.
- Try to take safety precautions when you can, like using the buddy system and getting home safely by using CU NightRide or Late Night Transit.
Remember, you’re a Buff wherever you are—be aware, be considerate and be responsible.
Dean of Students