Alyssa Burd
Student Writer


Photo courtesy of diannehope via

Finals week is rapidly approaching and almost every student at Messiah College is beginning to experience some degree of stress. In fact, the majority of students on college campuses across the nation have claimed that their number one cause of stress is directly related to their final examinations.

According to a recent study conducted by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), nearly 80% of college students experience high levels of stress in their daily lives. Common stress symptoms among students can include variations in eating habits, muscle aches and pain, and sleeplessness. The study also noted that stress levels frequently increase during the weeks of final examinations.

When Messiah students were questioned about their own experiences with the stress of finals, many of them responded with fervent and honest attitudes. According to Laurel Walsh, a first-year student at Messiah, “It’s hard to get anything done before and during finals because everything is due all at once. You can’t study for finals because you’re trying to get other homework done and vice versa. It’s just a messy cycle of work.” Sophomore Kelly Hopkins added, “So many things get in your way at once. It’s hard to keep your focus and force yourself to get everything done. It’s just really frustrating”.

Even professors are taking notice of the toll that finals week takes on students. Cathy Coleman, a professor of the “Created and Called for Community” course at Messiah, noted: “It’s hard for students to sort out what has to be done and what can wait. I think in the midst of that, the learning experience for students is lost because they become so overwhelmed and focused on the final grade rather than actually appreciating the content of a course. It really saddens me”.

However, while finals week may be a primary stressor, some students have their own strategies for coping with stress. Several students across campus have claimed that exercise, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and prayer/meditation are all methods they utilize in order to “de-stress”. In addition, it was important for the students to remember that they are not alone. Carly Laird, a first-year student, stated: “It helps to remember that other people are going through, or already have gone through, the same thing that I am. If they can handle the stress and survive, then I can too”.

5 Responses to “Student Stress During Finals Week” Subscribe

  1. Defimed February 17, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    Not sure if I see eye to eye with the author. I think we can argie-bargie this topic on and on and there will still be a sight more to say. Visit my website if you want. I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed. Feel free to comment.

  2. example April 26, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    Appreciating the time and energy you put into your website and in depth
    information you present. It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while
    that isn’t the same old rehashed material. Wonderful read!
    I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds
    to my Google account.

  3. Ameno January 23, 2018 at 6:47 am #

    I’m incredibly happy that I found this article. I am interested in the above topic, so that’s good to know that I’m not the only one. If anyone is willing to discuss it further, please visit my website so we can compare notes. You will certainly find a lot of cool stuff there.

  4. proprepandfulfillment September 21, 2018 at 2:55 am #

    So, Is this true that you have a perfect procedure for this and sure about this to do any time? I would like to know more about this and want to work with you…

  5. free proxy May 8, 2019 at 5:38 pm #

    What’s up,I check your blogs named “Student Stress During Finals Week | The Swinging Bridge” on a regular basis.Your humoristic style is awesome, keep up the good work! And you can look our website about free proxy.

Leave a Reply

Jon Bellion’s Performance At Wednesday’s B-Sides

Rose Talbot Student Writer Last Wednesday, Jon Bellion played in a B-Sides Concert. Bellion is a singer-songwriter and record producer […]

Local Breeches rope swing comes down after ongoing problems

Joel Hoover Editor-in-Chief David Yoder had always been fond of seeing people have a good time playing in the Yellow […]

Week at a Glance: April 27-May 3

Joel Hoover Editor-in-Chief Alternate Chapels A Peace Speech Contest featuring student speeches and a Q&A time facilitated by George Pickens, will be […]

Earthkeepers holding cleaning event for Earth Day

Joel Hoover Editor-in-Chief The Earthkeepers club will be holding a special cleaning event in celebration of today’s Earth Day. The […]

Fashion Column: Dress Fest

Bree Whitelock Opinions Editor Nothing shouts that warm weather is finally here more than pockets of girls spread throughout campus […]

Retiring Professor Bio: Jim Gustafson

Myriam Pedercini  Student Writer Associate Professor of Health and Human Performances, Dr. Jim Gustafson, will also be retiring this spring […]


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers