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Helping Students Balance Stress
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“After many years of teaching, I walk up the aisles in large
classes and don’t teach just to the front of the room. Who
says we’re leashed to the front of the room?”
—Professor, Applied Economics and Management
“I tell students, ‘You are not getting your money’s worth if
you don’t come to office hours with your professors.’”
—Professor, Psychology
Suggestions
Get to know students by name.
Your department may want to sponsor social events such
as meals in the dining halls, club outings, picnics or
barbecues, and sporting events, especially during
orientation for new students. These are another way for
departments and faculty members to create a dynamic
that ensures a comfortable atmosphere for students.
Consider making a student-professor meeting a course
requirement.
FOSTER COOPERATION VS. COMPETITION
Extreme competition and stress can lead to increased
depression, antisocial behavior and substance abuse.
Isolation is a factor in suicide as well as in violent behavior.
Social connectedness is a predictor of well-being, even
more so than income or educational attainment.