Staying Cool Under Pressure

Assuming that you’re going to be able to remain calm in every situation is admirably optimistic. Yes, you should absolutely be confident in your ability to handle what life throws at you, but it’s also okay to admit that sometimes life throws a little too much.

Luckily, WashU makes the environment of being a busy, hardworking college student much easier to handle. There’s Cornerstone for general academic assistance, the Writing Center in Olin Library if you need essay help, and peer led team learning set up for larger classes like chem, bio, and calc.

As a testimony to the quality of people WashU enrolls, students here do not judge one another for their needs or stresses. If you’re shopping around for academic assistance, friends and classmates will likely be willing to work with you on difficult lessons before you can even walk over to Cornerstone.

Even with help from your classmates, you should never underestimate the power of office hours. Your professors have time set aside just to discuss difficult concepts or something you found interesting in a reading or lecture. There are also teaching assistants for some classes that are ready and willing to answer all of your questions.

Beyond WashU’s academic resources, there are plenty of places to go for help in everyday life. Uncle Joe’s, SARAH, and the mental health professionals at SHS are available to students if you think that talking through the chaos of life will help you get back on track.

And if it’s your future that has you worried, the Career Center is open to undergrads. You can workshop your resume and cover letter, practice interviews, and get connected with possible leading members of your field.

WashU is “a place where serious work is done”. However, it’s also “a place where people matter”. So, the serious work doesn’t always have to be done alone. The resources that WashU provides for students are available so that you can make the very most of your college experience. Setting out to prepare students for the demands of college life is an important mission, and I’m happy to say that WashU delivers on it pretty well.