Stress Update

As I mentioned in September, I’ve been dealing with a lot of school-related stress. I promised to provide updates, so that’s what this post is all about.

I know a lot of people think that college students “have it easy” (and I will admit that I have a pretty sweet schedule), but I’ve been immersed in an extra busy semester.

I’m taking some tough courses–senior research project and mass media law are especially challenging–and also balancing the position of editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, working, planning mine and Jimmy’s wedding, and keeping up with life in general. It’s a lot, and sometimes I feel really overwhelmed, but I’m also enjoying all the different activities I’ve been involved in.

I’d like to say that I’m feeling much less stressed, but I’m not. I’m still overwhelmed and busy, but I’m learning to deal with it and maintain balance in my life.


Of course, Jimmy has been so good to me. He had flowers delivered to my door yesterday.


The note card that came with the flowers said sweet things like “I’ve been praying for you daily,” and “I know you think you don’t like flowers, but I think you secretly do because I saw you looking at them in Wal-Mart this weekend!!” That definitely made me smile. He is such a blessing in my life!

The good thing about being so busy is that the semester is flying by. I’m currently finishing up week 10 out of 15. Yahoo!

Something that’s been helping me deal with stress is taking time to do things I love. I recently bought a sketch book, and while I’m no artist, I truly enjoy drawing and coloring.


Drawing makes me “zone out” and forget about everything. It’s so relaxing. I’m also making sure to stay extra close with God. And drinking a lot of coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

So, that’s my update. I’m still feeling stressed out, but I’m also loving pretty much everything in my life at the same time! I’m incredibly blessed, and so thankful for all the opportunities and loving people in my life.

I will probably post another update on this topic in late November/early December because I think it’s important to address personal issues and not make it seem as though my life is perfect, or that I handle everything easily. I’m all about honesty and sharing, as I think it opens the door for others to share and support each other, and that’s something I absolutely adore about the blogging community!

What relaxes you when you’re stressed out?


  1. Coffee and baking are my go-to stress relievers. And sometimes just sitting down with a book and petting Elmo helps a lot too! Only 5 more weeks, Allie! You can do it ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Allie, as someone who was in college fairly recently (I’m not that old… am I?) and has a degree in a field similar to yours, let me just say you NEVER have to apologize for feeling stressed as a college student.

    Professional writing is a stressful profession and a rough major- it doesn’t get the respect that it deserves. It’s not like pre-med or nursing where grades really are everything and can get you kicked out, or where you need that near-perfect GPA to get into grad school… but as a writing student, we spend our time studying our butts off but also doing a LOT of stuff outside of the classroom.

    Studying, writing, working on assignments… and we spend hours and hours at events, lectures, etc to get notes for things we have to write to have samples and “prove ourselves” to potential employers.

    You couldn’t pay me to go back to college! It’s a lot more stressful than just working! A lot has changed in journalism since then, though. I loved your articles you posted on your Facebook recently too, you are doing a great job and just hang in there because you don’t have much longer. But when it’s over, it is over… and you can’t get those college days back.

  3. I’m sorry to hear you are experiencing stress at the moment. College is definitely more stressful than some people think! There is a lot of pressure to do everything well, especially if you are a conscientious and responsible person, which I think you are. ๐Ÿ™‚ Make sure you take some time to chill out and relax. It’s not long until the Christmas break….keep going and you’ll get there!

  4. Oh man, don’t let people make you feel badly about being stressed in school. I did my last two years of high school in one year (I graduated high school at 16) and then was a double major in college and worked 4 part time jobs all four years. I kept my grades up and took full advantage of all the fun I could in both high school and college which meant that I was ALWAYS busy and juggling so much. I knew I was somewhat stressed, but didn’t realize just HOW stressed I was until I was in grad school and had to take a serious of stress tests for my program (I was in a counseling program).

    Anyway, I was at the highest stress level on one test (it said that “client” {aka me in this case} should be put on suicide watch) and I was completely off the charts on two other tests. My professor pulled me aside and asked me about my results. The sad thing was that I had been dealing with such high levels of stress for so many years (since high school) that I actually didn’t feel like I was stressed at all. I had learned to cope with the stress so well that I didn’t even realize I was stressed. But when I took the tests, I had every single indicator for stress. My professor highly recommended a break from school just to give myself some time to breathe. I went through one more semester of grad school and then (for several reasons) decided to quit.

    The day that I turned in my last assignment and walked off campus, there was this openness in my chest. I felt like I could breathe deep breaths. I felt relaxed. I had no idea what those feelings were until they stuck around and I realized that THIS is what it feels like to NOT be stressed. You know, how normal people feel at least sometimes, haha! Anyway, I loved school, but my perfectionist tendencies made school super stressful for me even when I didn’t realize it. I don’t regret leaving grad school and am thankful for where life has taken me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sorry to write a whole book to you here, haha! I just wanted to make sure you didn’t feel like you “shouldn’t” be stressed ’cause you’re “only in college.” I loved school, but learning outside school is so much more fun. I can learn whatever I want about the things I’m interested in without the added stress of exams or papers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I think it is awesome you draw. I used to draw all the time in school because it was when my mind would check out and stress would melt away. You are also lucky to have such great supports around you, flowers just always make me feel better ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. One thing I’ve learned is that stress may always be there, but hopefully we are continually evolving and enhancing our ability to cope with it. It sounds like you are doing a great job. And what a SWEET note from Jimmy. When people notice the reallllly little things it’s just amazing!

  7. Oh my gosh Jimmy is the CUTEST! How sweet! I really enjoy drawing too but I never know what to draw. Reading always helps me with stress – it brings you to another life! I agree that time is going super fast. I’m already done with the first marking period. Thanks for being honest about your stress Allie, and if you ever need someone to talk to you have so many wonderful people here on the blog world!

  8. How sweet is Jimmy?! Beautiful flowers.

    I know college is stressful too! It’s a busy time – make sure to cut yourself some slack. NO shame is deciding to be a movie-watching couch potato for a day, or in going for a run when you really should be studying. Both can clear the mind which allows you to be more productive later!

  9. College was the most stressful time in my life (so was junior year of high school for some reason!), so I can’t help but doubt anyone that says college is/was “easy”.

    Napping, sketching, indulging in some “happy foods” (for me, that includes food bars, some Whole Foods finds, etc.), are good distractors for me when I’m stressed..

  10. That is the sweetest note ever in those flowers!! What a guy! I am sorry you are still feeling stressed, hang in there you are SO close! You’re one tough girl.

  11. I definitely don’t think college students have it easy! It was one of the busiest times of my life, and watching my daughter now just wears me out. Enjoy your sketching and other stress relief activities, and hopefully things will ease up for you.

  12. I COMPLETELY understand what you’re talking about!! First and foremost, I remember when people used to tell me that I should enjoy my college years, because life was going to get stressful after. THAT stressed me out, because I was so stressed in college. Ha, ha!! I couldn’t help but wonder if I could handle life if college life was supposed to be my absolute best years. Well, let me share a little secret… College really was an amazing experience that I wouldn’t give up for anything, but I am SO glad that it’s over. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t miss the tests and the constant deadlines, and life is stressful after… but a different kind of stressful. Hang in there, Girl! You’ve got this!!

  13. I hope everything calms down a bit for you. It sounds like you have a solid support system though and that’s important! I like to read to destress!

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