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Different ways to deal with student burnout

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Joel Molina
Ecology student, Karen Stopani suggests doing things that make you happy to avoid burnout.

Like the leaves falling around campus, so are some students’ motivation for their classes. College can get difficult in the middle of the semester, as midterms and assignment deadlines loom over the heads of students. Dealing with student burnout can be tough, but UTEP supplies plenty of resources and activities to help students pick themselves up from a mid-semester slump. 

During this time of the semester, students start to feel their work catch up. One student is Rebecca Quevedo, an English and American literature major at UTEP, who has felt the student life has been tough lately. 

“I definitely felt like last week was probably the peak and all the work that I had to do. Right now. It’s kind of toning down, but I do kind of sense another pickup. It’s been really hard, but I feel like it’s been the motivation that I need to continue,” Quevedo said. “Sometimes you just need to say no to things in order to have time to do your work or to really prioritize the things that you should be (doing).” 

Taking time to focus on self-care and putting oneself first is one of many things to help students with burnout. Whether the help comes from campus or students, there are many options for those who are starting to get worn out by schoolwork.

CAPS outreach coordinator and clinical counselor, Marieli Pinero Melendez, states that their office offers services to help tackle burnout. (Joel Molina)

“I am definitely experiencing the burnout, like homework (and) exams coming up. Yeah, like just doing college in general,” said Amisadai Barajas, a local college student. “I always try to make some time for me to chill. Either do your favorite hobby or something. There are definitely a lot of places here on campus that you can like, go to de-stress. I feel like there are many organizations you can go to.” 

Apart from student led activities and methods of getting over student burnout, there are services at UTEP that can help students with their mental health during these challenging times. Campus resources like CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) offer group therapy and methods for dealing with stress that comes at this time of year. 

Outreach coordinator and clinical counselor for CAPS, Marieli Pinero Melendez discusses the types of services that they offer to students in need.  

“We provide individual therapy, for example, and then we can tackle the particular concerns that might be maintaining burnout for the student. We also have group therapy, which is one of our really fun environments to be able to work with,” Melendez said. “What we do in both cases is provide strategies to manage stress to include self-care, to help with time management as well. So hopefully that helps with that burnout.” 

From school organizations to student hobbies, there are many ways for one to deal with student burn out. Whether it is meeting up with others for a fun group therapy session or engaging in campus activities like bracelet making, there are ways for students to relax and regain their composure in a time of burnout. 

Elisha Nuñez is a staff reporter and can be reached at [email protected] 

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Elisha Nuñez
Elisha Nuñez, Staff Reporter
Elisha Nuñez is a multimedia journalism student with a minor in marketing at the University of Texas at El Paso.  He works as a reporter for The Prospector, and loves to write about arts, culture, and people. This semester, he wishes to do more freelance work for publications in and outside of El Paso. After graduation, he would like to experience multiple positions at different places, and even has plans for continuing his current education outside of the U.S.
Joel Molina
Joel Molina, Contributor/Photographer
Joel is a graduate creative writing student at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is a photo contributor and began his career at The Prospector in 2022. He hopes to continue providing the world and its people with different forms of storytelling that will hopefully make their day to day lives better.
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