What going to Cal can feel like.

What going to Cal can feel like.

Sometimes we get a little psycho during stressful times in college. We find ourselves doing crazy things like staying up all night studying, or waking up with our heads on our desks. While that regretted crick in your neck will even itself out eventually, you might want to take a closer look at yourself if your bad study habits have forced you to trade your ID lanyard for a neck brace.

Here are ten signs that getting that perfect GPA might be more trouble than it’s worth:

1. The milk in your fridge isn’t for cereal, it’s coffee creamer. (Breakfast? What’s that?)

2. Actually, scratch that – Red Bull: Breakfast of champions.

3. Someone tells you your mascara is running. Turns out they’re talking about the permanent dark circles under your eyes.

4. You’ve re-read three textbooks to pass your history class, and still get a B.

5. You consider dropping out because of that B.

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December is upon us. To some, this means losing the classy facial hair lovingly cultivated during the past month. To others, it means putting the Christmas playlist on infinite repeat. And to all of us students, December’s arrival means we have to start worrying about exams and impending end-of-semester deadlines.

Believe it or not, all that worry can have an unintended consequence: stress.

Luckily, there are many resources available to students for stress management. The Tang Center’s website has a detailed list of the common stressors in student life, along with advice on how to remedy them. Tang additionally offers stress and anxiety counseling, for those who are really stricken. There’s also a stress management seminar, lead by licensed psychologist Linda Zaruba, being held tonight at the Faculty Club (6153) from 6:30-8pm. Sure, it’s geared toward graduate students, but if you’re a really stressed undergrad we’re sure there’s nothing to stop you from showing up for advice and some light refreshments. Eating well is key to combatting stress, after all.

So relax! Enjoy this last week of classes. Or, if you can’t, at least try not to pull any all-nighters. That craziness is proven to lower your GPA.

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Be Well! [Tang Center]