Tech Students Gear up for Spring Semester - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/11/03

Tech Students Gear up for Spring Semester

In a few days Texas Tech students will be heading back to class after a long break, but are they ready? For about a month Tech students have been sleeping in late and believe school was probably the last thing on their minds. Saturday NewsChannel 11 spoke with a Texas Tech counselor to get tips on how students can make this transition less stressful.

Going back to school can be a drag for some students. "We're going back next Wednesday so it'll be hard to get back into the swing of things," says one Tech student.

But others are ready to hit the books. "I think it'll be hard but I've been working over the break and so I've been keeping my self prepared," says another Tech student.

"I have 9 o'clock classes so it's really not that early, so it'll be okay," says another optimistic Tech student.

Still Texas Tech counselor April Foreman says for many students going back to school after some rest and relaxation isn't easy. "Most students by the time the fall semester ends are really tired some of them are sick and most of them go home for break to rest and relax and visit family and even though this break was a very long break many of them would like to rest some more," says Foreman.

Foreman adds that many students say the spring semester seems shorter making it more difficult to get their work done. "I think additionally the spring semester is more stressful because students have more than just an ordinary semesters worth of work to do. They're finishing up all their year-long projects, preparing for graduation and getting ready to move,"

And with this added pressure students can feel overwhelmed, but Foreman has a few tips for students who need help dealing with the big change. "A lot of students really benefit from things like exercise, a good diet, and sleep. This is the time in the semester when you might want to get the good 8 hours of sleep every night so when the end of the semester rolls around then maybe you have to study more you'll be rested enough for the end," says Foreman.

If you're going back to school and need some help dealing with the stress you can contact the Texas Tech Student Counseling Center at 742-3674 or go by West Hall room 214. Ready or not classes begin on Wednesday.

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