RRC Polytech students discuss how they deal with stress throughout exam week
By: Graham McDonald
Students at RRC Polytech often face rising stress levels in December. End-of-year assignments, final classes, and the pressure of exam week make for a busy month – but many students have found ways to stay calm and deal with the heavy workload.
“[My stress levels] have been pretty good,” said Dawson Molinski, a mechanical engineering technology student at RRC Polytech’s Notre Dame Campus. “I think it’s all about being prepared for what’s to come.”
Molinski said he manages stress by reviewing a set amount of exam material every day. Day-to-day time management, studying multiple subjects a day, and setting daily goals are all important factors to his personal success, according to Molinski.
Molinski added that he has dealt with stress in the past by using the College’s counselling services.
Cadham McEwen, another mechanical engineering technology student, said for him, the key to relieving stress is to take small breaks.
“I try to take breaks once in a while, play some games with the guys, ” McEwen said. “I’ll make a cheat sheet or two and then… continue on with my day.”
McEwen said he had heard about Thrive Week, a week of activities the College provides in early November. One event had therapy dogs come visit students on campus.
“I remember that,” McEwen said. “I unfortunately had to leave before I could do some of those [activities],” he added. “I really wish I could have [participated] because those were fun apparently.”
Jiangshan Li, an international student from Wuhan, China, who is studying business management, said he doesn’t find exam week stressful, per se. Still, it compounds the stress he feels as a newcomer to Canada.
“The whole society is completely different,” Li said. “How to see a doctor, how to use the insurance, even how to rent a house – there are some details that are different.”
Li said he wasn’t aware of Thrive Week or the College’s well-being programs, but plans to take advantage of them in the future.
“If they have some interesting activities that are still running next term, I will be there,” Li said.
More information about RRC Polytech’s well-being programs can be found on the Campus Well-Being webpage.
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