Hurricane Ida’s blow is still being felt months later. As a result of LSU taking away students’ fall break, many are feeling burnout and overworked.
In years past, students were able to breathe a sigh of relief after midterms and spend fall break relaxing and recharging. But this year, students were stripped of that time and are forced to work themselves past the point of exhaustion.
According to a survey from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 30% of college students reported that stress negatively affected their academic performance.
Academic burnout makes students feel cynical about school and may lead to an overall lack of motivation. It is recognized by the World Health Organization and is correlated to anxiety and depression.
“It is very hard to get up in the mornings,” LSU student Carly Cefalu said. “I’m so tired all the time. I’m doing okay in school but mentally it’s a lot not having a break.”
If you or a loved one is experiencing extreme exhaustion, irritability and a lack of motivation or interest in social activities, student burnout may be to blame. Students can talk with a therapist through the Student Health Center at no charge.