Ask Becca: Mar. 24, 2016

By Rebecca Rue
Staff Writer

*Sending advice your way to deal with your dates, deadlines, and dorm mates every week*

Dear Becca,

As the time for next semester‘s registration draws near, I find that I am overwhelmed about how to decide what classes I need and wish to take. Can you help me?

Unsure of My Future

Dear Unsure of My Future,

How you are feeling is completely understandable. Each major’s requirements and what is offered for you to choose from each semester can combine to feel daunting and overwhelming to anyone.

First up, I suggest signing onto your myESUportal and checking out your DegreeWorks.

This is not an official representation of what you require to graduate, but it is an important tool for you to use to make your decisions.

DegreeWorks will tell you what you have completed, what you are in progress of completing and the classes that you need to take in the future.

Spend some time clicking on the class options that you are given and reading the class descriptions. Then make a list of anything you are interested in, in order of importance.

This way when you do go see your advisor to get your registration pin, you can feel comfortable in your knowledge of what you do or do not want regarding the outcome.

I wish you all the best in getting the schedule you hope for this fall. Good luck.

Dear Becca,

I continuously struggle with anxiety and depression. Most of the time, I am all right, but it does not take much for these feelings to overwhelm me and make it hard to go to class and finish my schoolwork. Do you have any suggestions for me?

Anxious and Depressed

Dear Anxious and Depressed,

First off, know that you are not alone. There are plenty out there struggling with the same things you are, and it is very easy to be surrounded by the stress of college and all we must accomplish.

Make sure and try to spend some time outside in the fresh air and sunlight if you can. This will get you out of your house, away from your room and change your routine a bit.

Who do you feel most comfortable talking to? Sister, brother, parents, friend? I suggest seeking this person out and just conversing even if you cannot talk specifically about your feelings.

No matter what, getting out of your head and distracting yourself should help. Lean on them as necessary.

If you do not have anyone to talk to, or even if you do, know that there is also a counseling service on campus.

According to ESU‘s website, “The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are available to enrolled students. All services are free of charge with the exception of fees associated with national exams. Services generally are offered by appointment; however, there are provisions for accommodating emergencies.”

CAPS is located in the Flagler-Metzgar Center and you can reach them with questions or concerns at (570)422-3277 Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More information is also listed on ESU’s website under the Student Life Tab-Counseling Services.

Use your loved ones and the services that the campus offers to help you. And remember-take it one day at a time.

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