Marissa Jaipershad and Winstle Julio know all too well the challenges of being post-secondary students. Balancing five courses, social lives and part-time jobs can become overwhelming.

The two business majors share a similar reality with many other full-time students.

After three years of attending the University of Guelph-Humber, Jaipershad and Julio were surprised to learn there are services on campus designed to help students minimize their stress.

Such a service is the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, which according to its website, the philosophy of the centre is to promote academic success by providing health, counselling and accessibility support to students.

Like Jaipershad and Julio, many students are either unaware of such resources at their disposal or simply do not take full advantage of them.

As part of their tuition, students pay for on-campus services says Maheen Nazim, Ignite vice president for the University of Guelph-Humber and justice studies student.

According to the university’s official website, the breakdown of tuition includes a payment of $163 in student fees.

To make the most out of their university experience and tuition, Nazim suggests students struggling with stress branch out and use services available to them, such as the sleep lounge which provides students a private place to get away from the hustle of school life.

Being an undergraduate, Nazim admits she understands the impact stress can have on a student.

“Sometimes you’re drowning and it’s very tough to get out of it,” says Nazim.

According to Nazim, the group advocated for the recent fall reading week, which the school had for the first time this year.

“We hope that this year, the fall reading break will alleviate some of that stress,” says Nazim.

The vice president encourages students to not only use the time off to study but also take a mental break.

Anneisha Blackwood, a senior peer mentor for FYE (First Year Experience), explains stress is a lot for one person to deal with.

The FYE program pairs first-year students with peer mentors in their second or third year to make the transition into a new school as easy as possible for them.

The mental health of students is something the third-year Humber College student suggests should not be overlooked. Without the support of on-campus services, student stress can lead to depression and anxiety.

Blackwood assures stress is something you can work on, “We can help give you tips and guidelines to work with, so you can get back on that academic success path.”

For information about the services offered on campus, visit the Student Life section of Guelph-Humber’s website https://www.guelphhumber.ca/life