Monday Moments with President Bergman: December 13, 2021

Gustavus President Rebecca M. Bergman shares her thoughts with College students, faculty, and staff each week.
Posted on December 13th, 2021 by

President Rebecca M. Bergman

We are in the home stretch of the fall semester Wednesday is the last day of classes, Thursday is Reading Day, and then Final Exams begin on Friday. While the end is in sight, I know that the to-do list can be quite long and the stress level can be quite high for students, faculty, and staff. I have vivid memories of marathon days of studying for exams as an undergraduate. I had a favorite study carrel in the library, and I spent many hours there reviewing class notes, re-reading sections of assigned articles and textbooks, finishing writing papers, and working on practice problems for my STEM courses. I also had a few tried and true “study breaks” that served as stress-relievers in those days leading up to final exams.  In fact, these three favorite stress relievers are still my go-to ways to unwind, take a break, and get ready to re-focus on my work: (1) Take a short walk outside; (2) Listen to music; or (3) Drink a cup of hot tea.

In order to maintain focus during stressful times, we all need to pay attention to self-care and personal wellbeing. What are your favorite ways to take a break from your daily stresses? Sometimes a five-minute break can be just the right medicine to allow you to feel refreshed and ready to get back into the work zone. Perhaps you regularly engage in mindfulness practices, meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises. In the course of a 24-hour day, remember the importance of eating healthy meals and getting enough sleep. And, during stressful times, remind yourself that it’s okay to lean on the people in your life who you can count on for emotional support, whether that is a family member, friend, mentor, or counselor.

Students please know that there are resources available to you in the coming days. Do not hesitate to reach out for help, advice, or simply to have a conversation to relieve built-up tension and stress:

Academic Support Center

Counseling Center

Dean of Students Office

Office of the Chaplains

Campus Safety (Emergencies)

Best wishes for a productive and successful week. Students, I hope to see you in the Caf on Wednesday evening for Midnight Express it is one of the best study break traditions at Gustavus!

Yours in community,

President Bergman


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