Overcoming Obstacles


Managing student stress

There are a number of reasons why students may become distressed throughout their studies, including:

  • difficulty transitioning into university life
  • difficulty transitioning into a different culture
  • academic difficulty that results in potential faculty action
  • an undiagnosed learning challenge
  • unexpected health issues during their studies
  • loss of a family member or friend
  • an emergency situation that must be addressed

While academic advisors do no serve a counselling role, per se, they do meet regularly with distressed students who are looking for advice.  

Identifying distress

There are several signs of distress in students that can become apparent to advisors and professors:

  • repeated requests for academic accommodation
  • significant decline in academic performance
  • repeated, unexpected absences
  • excessive anxiety or worry

In other sections of the Student Advising website, you will find academic strategies for success and advice on how to deal with faculty actions and student appeals which may provide insight and direction.

You may also wish to browse the many student support systems available on campus. These services are intended to help students achieve academic success, care for their health and wellbeing, make new friends at social and cultural events, and ensure their safety on-campus.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and you are unsure where to go, you can meet with an academic advisor in the College of Arts & Science to discuss your situation.