How to Handle Stress in University

Posted by Rebecca on November 3, 2015

A YU Perspective

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York University offers many opportunities to get involved and become engaged. Whether it’s through volunteering, working at an on-campus job, spending time at your College or joining a new club, classes will seem to fly by.

However, that’s not to say that you will face no obstacles. University can be challenging, as a lot is expected of you. York has many resources to help you with understanding and excelling at your assignments, but you will eventually feel that crunch-time drain that most of us feel mid-semester or later during end-of-the-term exams. To cope with the stress you are (or will be) feeling, here are some tried and true tips from your friendly neighbourhood YU Blogger.

1. Keep organized
The beauty of university is that professors plan out courses from start to finish ahead of time, so by September, all the due dates have already been set in the course syllabus. These dates are crucial to note down, so that you know how much time to allocate to each assignment before you have to hand it in. Whether you use an agenda or calendar, staying organized is essential in university! Remember to break your assignment down into smaller tasks ahead of time, so that you are not pulling an all-nighter. Keeping track of due dates and tasks also helps you identify where your free time is.

2. Take regular breaks
Speaking of free time: make sure to use it wisely! Studying and completing assignments will most likely take up most of your time at university, but it is also important to take a break once in a while! Whether it is watching a football game at York Stadium or playing in intramurals, down time is essential for your mental health. My colleague Megan rounded up some great things to do on campus during the Fall and some great clubs you can get involved in.

3. Use university resources
In my experience, most feelings of anxiousness come from academics. Usually, I’m stressed out by assignments — either because I’m confused or stuck on one aspect of them. Your TAs have office hours for a reason! I encourage you to use them as much as you can, as they are there to help you, and usually very eager to do so. Learning Skills Services at York make for another amazing resource: they offer workshops on time management or exam prep and so much more. If you’re looking for mentoring services or peer support, you can use the Study Hub to find great study groups, tutors and other resources. If you need more general help, feel free to reach out to our free Counseling services.

Do you have any stress-relieving tips of your own? Share them in the comments or tweet me @yorkustudents!


Rebecca M. is a third-year English major. She no longer blogs regularly for the YU Blog but may post on occasion as a guest-blogger.

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    Rabia Zaheer

    I need ur help to handle my stage phobia..

    • Rebecca

      Hi Rabia! Thank you for reaching out. Are you a Theatre major or enrolled in another AMPD program? I can try to find the right information for you. If not, I’d advise to check out Counselling & Disability Services (, where they have helpful resources on how to deal with stressful situations like stage phobia.

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