The T-Wolves Two Cents

Dear T-Wolves Two cents,

I’m about to graduate this May, but I’m so anxious and afraid something will go wrong. I really don’t even know where to start. Any advice?

A: Hey! Thanks for asking, I’ve got some solutions that might help! Right now is a really good time to get moving, because the end of the year is coming up faster and faster! Before you know it, another group of people are going to be walking across a stage to graduate.

Tip #1: First things first, Go talk to your advisor. Be honest with them and tell them your plan for the future; they’re there to help you figure out what’s next! If you’re struggling to meet them on campus, email them and ask about a zoom meeting. Our advisors just want to help us in a good direction, so be honest to them and talk to them about your concerns. They can help you figure out if you’re on the track to graduate, and even help you out if you find yourself needing some summer classes.

Even if you’re not graduating, this is still a good time to talk to your advisor and figure out your next steps for the fall semester.

Tip#2: Stay on top of your classes! This is not the time for senioritis to hit you, you are in the home stretch. Get going on your homework, start that essay a week earlier than you were planning, and go to class.

Tip #3: Ask your professors how they think you’re doing, a lot of professors are kind and will try and help you step onto the path of graduation; they were there at one point in our spots. If you’ve noticed yourself struggling with their class, it’s not too late, you can ask for help.

Tip #4: Sign up for graduation! Stop procrastinating it, it’s time to just do it and get it out of the way. It literally takes like 5 minutes. Go to Banner web, and click on Student Records, it’s right there.

Tip#5: Even if you’re not graduating at the end of this semester, here’s a piece of advice for you. When you go to talk to your advisor about your next semester’s schedule, try some new classes. College is a learning experience, so use that time to learn a new skill or even try something new like 3D printing (yes, we have that as a class).

Here are some important dates for those of you who are graduating:

Wednesday, May 4th is the last day you can buy your cap and gown. You can find that on campus in the Book store.

Thursday, May 5th till Friday, May 13 is when tickets for graduation will be distributed. Anyone who buys a cap and gown can receive their tickets here. Each student gets 2 tickets, but don’t worry to those students who have more than 2 people coming; you can sign up for up to 4 extra tickets.

Saturday, May 14th is the day we graduate! Head to the NCCC Main Gym (H Building) at 10:00am to either watch your friends and family members graduate or even to walk across the stage yourself. Congratulations, you did it!

Thank you for the question! If you feel like you have a question for the T-Wolves Two Cents send it on over to spirit@niagaracc.suny.edu

Good luck my friends!

-T-Wolves Two Cents


Dear T-Wolves Two cents: I am stressed out! What are some ways to handle the stress that comes from being a college student?

A: Hello there! Thank you for this question. First off, I think everyone reading this article can relate. I think that the stress is especially present coming off of spring break. You have had all this time to relax and not have to work on assignments. Personally, I woke up Monday morning freaking out about this week and thinking about everything that I need to get done (including this article).

Tip #1: My first tip for handling stress surrounding college is to take care of your body and wellness. This means getting enough sleep, getting some exercise, eating well, and not downing tons of caffeine. Getting enough sleep is not impossible if you prioritize it. I am not saying here that you have to get a full eight hours, but at least six is preferable. Your body will not function properly if it is not getting enough rest. Lack of sleep affects every aspect of your life, not just academically. Exercise does not mean that you have to go to the gym X amounts of times per week. It could mean simply going for a walk. Eating well is really important because lack of nutrition can lead to health problems, which can add a lot more stress. I think that eating a healthy breakfast is one of the most important parts of a college day (and helps me). It is equally important to drink enough water, which is what I struggle with the most. Lastly, limit your caffeine intake because it will help your body from crashing later on in the day. Caffeine can over-stimulate your body and lead to feelings of anxiety and restlessness.

Tip #2: Plan ahead!! Write down which days you are going to work on assignments. Make sure to check your course schedules and know when due dates are. I would suggest buying a planner and keeping track of your assignments that way. Believe me when I say that missing due dates will only add to the stress that you are feeling. Also, have a set time each day when you stop working on assignments. For example, I try to not do college past 8 p.m.

Tip #3: Try your best not to procrastinate. Procrastination always leads to more stress. You do not have to sit down and do an assignment in one sitting. It is a good idea to take short breaks during study/homework sessions. The more you put off an assignment, the more you will overthink it and worry about it. You will feel a lot less stressed if you get your assignments done ahead of time rather than waiting until the last minute. My biggest tip for not procrastinating is to put your phone in a different room because it is the biggest distraction. Scrolling is not going to help you get your work done any faster. It might help you not think about it for a period of time, but you will still have more work to do and less time to do it.

Tip #4: Do not let your life revolve around college. Get involved in activities or hobbies that alleviate your stress. Read a book, get coffee with a friend, take a nap, spend time with your family or do something else that is relaxing to you.

Managing college stress can be tough and difficult to navigate. I hope that you find these tips to be helpful. Please reach out if you have any more questions! Just keep doing your best! We are so close to the end!!


Dear T-Wolves Two Cents,

Just recently, my fuzzy friend Felix crossed the rainbow bridge to the big farm in the sky. He was my first pet, my partner-in-crime, my best friend. I would come home from school every day knowing I had someone waiting for me at the door. Now, the house feels a little emptier without him here. Do you have any suggestions of how to cope with losing a pet, and what I can do to help myself move on?

Sincerely,

Feline Friend Fred

Dear Fred,

I too have recently been going through something similar to your situation. My beloved pet, Gus the corn snake, has passed away and I’ve been trudging through the same stages of grief. You may be wondering, “Why a snake is no loving companion to have, it’s just a mere reptile!”, and to that I say you must not have known Gus. This cold-blooded little guy was the most heartwarming companion one could have. We would start each day with a game of hide-and-seek through the glass of his tank, and he would lunge out towards me when he found my face hiding behind his rock. A tap three times on the tank meant it was dinner time, and he was presented with his mouse for the week. I would even confide in Gus when times were tough. Sitting next to his tank, I would rant about my mundane problems, and somehow, Gus always had the right advice. Without him here, life feels a little less complete, like one of my puzzle pieces has gone missing. Yet, there is a lot you can learn from your pet. Caring for someone or something makes one compassionate and diligent with their emotions. As time goes on from when they pass, you’ll find yourself putting in the same time and energy as you did your pet into all your other responsibilities. You may find yourself picking up new hobbies that fill your time with all the same joy you had with your furry friend. And there will always be signs of them here and there that remind you of their favorite toy, the way they walked, or the curl at the end of their tail, but this is all just them sending you signs from beyond, saying that they’re always with you. Although Felix has passed on, your memories together will always be with you. Spend time taking care of yourself with the same love and admiration you had for Felix, because you know he would’ve wanted to see you happy. I hope this helped, and may Felix live on in Feline Firmament.

All the best,

T-Wolves Two Cents