The spring semester is coming to an end with finals starting on Monday. This past school year, many LSU students experienced burnout due to the lack of breaks within their academic schedule.

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The spring semester is coming to an end with finals starting on Monday. This past school year, many LSU students experienced burnout due to the lack of breaks within their academic schedule.

Dean of the LSU College of science wrote a letter to her sophomore self, in hopes to encourage and give advice to current science students.

“What I tried to do was to think back to my wonderful college days and think about the advice that I would’ve liked to get at the time,” Dean Cynthia Peterson said. “I could remember wondering what science would be like and not having that good of a sense at it.”

Peterson’s letter answered questions of doubt that she had as a student that many students today ask themselves.

“I know sometimes I am just stressed out and I am freaking out cause I’m like I don’t know what I’m going to do, or I don’t know how I’m going to do this,” LSU sophomore Emily Garcia said. “But it was nice and comforting.”

Peterson graduated from LSU with a biochemistry major. However, she has had many jobs outside of the science lab that she says are “all seasons of her career” including being the Dean of the College of Science.

“Live in the moment, enjoy where you are, push yourself, don’t ever close your mind to opportunities, like I said I would’ve never dreamed that it would turn out like this, but I am so happy that it did,” Peterson said.

Peterson's letter also relaxed students on their worries about the future.

“The article relieved me a little bit," Garcia said.  "It made me feel less anxious about my future because she said she was in her postdoc and she was having kids at that age while she was still in school.  So that’s more comforting because I know I want to have kids, but I also want to continue school.”

To read the full article, visit the LSU science next blog.