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Helping Students Balance Stress
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“No matter the day, stressful or not, there’s no kinder gesture
of caring than knowing my name. In a class of over 40
students, Professor G. knows each student’s name. This is a
comfort beyond words.”
—Human Development Major
“What makes me feel connected? When professors have
gone out of their way to organize a lunch, dinner, or social
gathering. One invited the whole class to her house before
the holidays. I now realize that professors are people too.”
—ILR Student
“I emailed my professor to say that I couldn’t attend class
because I was completely overwhelmed and not feeling well.
She emailed back to say, ‘I hope you feel better soon.’ It was
a simple response, but it made me feel like I mattered.”
—CALS Student
Students who feel connected to their professors experience
less distress. Here are some ways faculty can create a more
collegial atmosphere:
“As a program director, I make sure that students know that I
am their strongest advocate. When a student is having
difficulty with another instructor, advisor or peer it is