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Managing Exam Stress

December 3, 2015

By Kelly Pedersen

As you are reaching the end of the fall semester here at Mason, and are in the middle of final exams, projects, and papers, graduate school can often feel overwhelming. This time of year can be hectic: with increased academic stresses, you may find yourself particularly vulnerable to feelings of tension and anxiety.

The effects of stress can be emotionally and physically draining. Researchers from Carleton University Institute of Neurosciences have found that students anticipating exams were more likely to get sick than other grad students and that illnesses often lasted after the exams were over. They also found that the function of the immune system changed in relation …