Student Stress & Anxiety
Eugene L. Zdziarski, II Dean of Students
As the end of the semester quickly approaches, we want to remind you that we are approaching one of the most stressful periods of time for students. A number of factors contribute to student stress and anxiety: examinations, grades, fear of failure, concerns about admission to graduate and professional schools, parental pressures, financial concerns, etc. Events around the world can also have a significant impact on students. The on-going military operations in Iraq, and conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians are just a couple of examples of international situations that help to magnify the impact of traditional stress factors experienced by students.
During stressful periods of time, there is an increased tendency for students to isolate and alienate themselves from others, and many students will need help and encouragement in seeking assistance. Faculty and staff can play an important role in getting students the assistance they need.
The University and the Gainesville community provide a variety of counseling and support services to assist students. A listing of these services is available at http://www.dso.ufl.edu/campuscounseling.html . When faculty or staff observe a student who seems to be experiencing difficulties, they are urged to talk to the student about his/her situation and make the student aware of the services that are available to assist.
Should you have additional questions, or need additional information, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 392-1261.